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Definition of incubation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the hatching of eggs artificial incubation (= using artificial warmth)
  2. 2[countable] (also incubation period) (medical or biology) the time between someone being infected with a disease and the appearance of the first symptoms (= signs)
  3. 3[uncountable] (biology) the development and growth of bacteria, etc.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: incubation