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noun Pathology.
the period between infection and the appearance of signs of a disease.
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Origin of incubation period

First recorded in 1875–80

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British Dictionary definitions for incubation period

incubation period

noun
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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Medical definitions for incubation period

incubation period

n.
latent period
incubative stage
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Cultural definitions for incubation period

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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