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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of incubare 'to lie on', from cubare 'to lie'

incubate

verb
     
in‧cu‧bate [intransitive and transitive]
1HBB if a bird incubates its eggs, or if the eggs incubate, they are kept warm until they hatch (=the birds inside are born)
2 technicalHBMMI if a disease incubates, or if you incubate it, it develops in your body until you show physical signs of it
incubation noun [uncountable]
Hepatitis has a long incubation period.

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