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INCUBATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does incubation mean? 

INCUBATION (noun)
  The noun INCUBATION has 3 senses:

1. maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
2. (pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear
3. sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body

  Familiarity information: INCUBATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INCUBATION (noun)


Sense 1incubation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("incubation" is a kind of...):

aid; attention; care; tending (the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something)


Sense 2incubation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Hypernyms ("incubation" is a kind of...):

phase; stage (any distinct time period in a sequence of events)

Domain category:

pathology (the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases)

Holonyms ("incubation" is a part of...):

infection (the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms)


Sense 3incubation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

brooding; incubation

Hypernyms ("incubation" is a kind of...):

birth; birthing; giving birth; parturition (the process of giving birth)


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