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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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