extrinsic incubation period

n.

The interval between the acquisition of an infectious agent by a vector and the vector's ability to transmit the agent to other susceptible vertebrate hosts.

Nearby words

  1. extrication,
  2. extrinsic,
  3. extrinsic allergic alveolitis,
  4. extrinsic eye muscle,
  5. extrinsic factor,
  6. extrinsic sphincter,
  7. extro-,
  8. extrorse,
  9. extrorsely,
  10. extrospection


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