incubation

[ in-kyuh-bey-shuh n, ing- ]SEE DEFINITION OF incubation
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He replaced the block in the incubation oven and faced the day cheerfully.

This constitutes what is known as the incubation period, and lasts about ten days.

Apparently at this stage of incubation the spheres were harmless.

The male of Leptocoma zeylanica is said to assist in incubation.

I found the general period of incubation from five to six weeks.

How long this project may have been in incubation in his mind, we do not know.

The incubation period was twelve days; during that time it gave no sign.

The incubation period of chickenpox is from ten to seventeen days.

The incubation period of scarlet fever is from one to seven days.

Examine after twenty-four and forty-eight hours' incubation.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "brooding," from Latin incubationem (nominative incubatio) "a laying upon eggs," noun of action from past participle stem of incubare "to hatch," literally "to lie on, rest on," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + cubare "to lie" (see cubicle). The literal sense of "sitting on eggs to hatch them" first recorded in English 1640s.

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