incubation period


noun Pathology.

the period between infection and the appearance of signs of a disease.

Origin of incubation period

First recorded in 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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incubation period


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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incubation period in Medicine

incubation period


latent period
incubative stage
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incubation period in Culture

incubation period

The amount of time it takes for symptoms of a disease to appear after an individual is infected (see infection) with the pathogen that causes the disease.

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