In`cu*ba"tion (?), n. [L. incubatio: cf. F. incubation.]
A sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young; a brooding on, or keeping warm, (eggs) to develop the life within, by any process.
The development of a disease from its causes, or its period of incubation. (See below.)
A sleeping in a consecrated place for the purpose of dreaming oracular dreams.
Period of incubation, ∨ Stage of incubation Med., the period which elapses between exposure to the causes of a disease and the attack resulting from it; the time of development of the supposed germs or spores.<-- for infectious diseases -->
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