incubation

Definitions of incubation
  1. noun
    (pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear
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    type of:
    phase, stage
    any distinct time period in a sequence of events
  2. noun
    maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
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    type of:
    aid, attention, care, tending
    the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
  3. noun
    sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body
    synonyms: brooding
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    type of:
    birth, birthing, giving birth, parturition
    the process of giving birth
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