- the period between infection and the appearance of signs of a disease.
Origin of incubation period
First recorded in 1875–80
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The twelve days correspond to the incubation-period after infection.Experiments on Animals
- med the time between exposure to an infectious disease and the appearance of the first signs or symptomsSometimes shortened to: incubation
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- latent period
- incubative stage
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