• WordNet 3.6
    • n incubator apparatus consisting of a box designed to maintain a constant temperature by the use of a thermostat; used for chicks or premature infants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Male sea horses are the ones that get impregnated rather than the females. Males have a pouch on their belly that provides incubation for the female?s eggs and they can have up to 1500 babies at one time
    • Incubator (Med) An apparatus consisting of enclosed chamber, for maintaining prematurely born babies in a favorable environment until able to thrive under normal conditions. The temperature and level of oxygen in the atmosphere may be controlled.
    • Incubator An apparatus containing an enclosed chamber, used for the cultivation of microörganisms or tissue cultures by maintaining a suitable temperature and atmospheric composition. Some incubators have no provision for maintaining a special atmosphere, while in others, especially for anaerobic organisms and tissue culture, the moisture level and composition of the gases are also controlled.
    • Incubator That which incubates, especially, an apparatus by means of which eggs are hatched by artificial heat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The gender of Reptiles are determined not by the sex genes, but by the temperature in which the egg is incubated. A certain temperature will produce a male and vice versa for a female.
    • n incubator One who or that which incubates, as a bird. Specifically— A bird that sits upon or shows a disposition to sit upon eggs.
    • n incubator A suitable appliance for the artificial development of germs in the cultivation of micro-organisms.
    • n incubator Same as couveuse, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The male penguin incubates the single egg laid by his mate. During the two month period he does not eat, and will lose up to 40% of his body weight.
    • n Incubator a machine for hatching eggs by artificial heat
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  • Cyril Connolly
    “Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. incubāre, -ātumin, upon, cubāre, to lie.


In literature:

The male of Leptocoma zeylanica is said to assist in incubation.
"Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection" by Alfred Russel Wallace
I found the general period of incubation from five to six weeks.
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie
Little ceremony, or form, hedged the incubating government; and perfect simplicity marked every detail about Mr. Davis.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
The pollen was incubated at 10 deg.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
Chalk egg, we are proud of incubation of, 75.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
This is the period of incubation.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
The female builds the nest almost unassisted and appears, likewise to incubate and brood the young.
"Ohio Arbor Day 1913: Arbor and Bird Day Manual" by Various
Incubation was commonly practised at the temples of Isis and Serapis as it was afterward among the Greeks.
"Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing" by George Barton Cutten
He may breed in a tree over the farmer's or fisherman's door without the slightest danger of being disturbed in his incubation.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
In the ass and mule in almost all cases the period of incubation is short and the disease develops in an acute form.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
He must have been an incubator baby, or else been found under a cabbage-leaf.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
The incubator makes fewer mistakes than the parent ostriches do.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
That is, the moth lays eggs which are collected and kept cool till the proper season for incubation.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
The period of incubation begins in the month of November, and presents the best opportunity for shooting the ostrich.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 460" by Various
It takes nearly a fortnight to incubate.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Spanish, Polish, and Hamburgh hens have lost the incubating instinct.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
The forms of Spranger and Goltzius are blasphemies on art; the monstrous incubations of dropsied fancy on phlegm run mad.
"The life and writings of Henry Fuseli, Volume III (of 3)" by Henry Fuseli
Here then is the very incubator of Mexican revolution.
"The Personality of American Cities" by Edward Hungerford
Mr. C. Lloyd Morgan has reared many birds by hatching the eggs in an incubator, so that they cannot be taught by their parents.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller
An egg collector found the nest and removed two of the eggs, but the mother bird continued to incubate.
"Trails and Tramps in Alaska and Newfoundland" by William S. Thomas

In poetry:

To us there are
eggs and there are
blackbirds. But there is the man,
too, trying without feathers
to incubate a solution.
"Thirteen Blackbirds Looking at a Man" by R S Thomas
Who owns the land ?
The Speculator
Said, ' Land is just an incubator
In which to let your dollars hatch
And, some fine morning—sell the batch.'
"Who Owns The Land?" by Robert James Campbell Stead

In news:

South African mines are incubating a deadly form of tuberculosis that is spreading world-wide.
Jefferson County tax assessor -collector incubent leads with 23 votes.
After years of incubation, it is finally clear that AR is going to transform our mobile computing experiences.
Of the 219 biotechnology companies based in Florida, seven of them are located in Southwest Florida, according to Florida BioDatabase, which is maintained by the University of Florida Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator.
Jon Runyan spoke to business people at the Burlington County College incubator Thursday morning.
High-tech facility features realistic scale, customizable retail and foodservice facilities to incubate and test solutions.
Bernatchez was the director and scenic designer for Sintroca's production of Lasanta at the Ontological Theatre in NYC (Incubator Series).
Incubator's new tenant seeks cutting edge.
Video game industry pro now steering Baltimore's main tech incubator.
CULLMAN — The new "green" business incubator at Wallace State in Hanceville is still in its infancy, but officials hope a new $200,000 state grant can help the economic engine reach the next gear.
Kitchen incubator might have local savior .
In addition, Kander would consider helping small startups find help from incubators and other agencies.
Time's up to apply for one of the ten spots in the inaugural class at TechStars NY, the Boulder-based startup incubator that set up shop in Union Square earlier this fall.
Shelley Prevost is a co-founder of Lamp Post Group, a venture incubator in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Incubating eggs that have been shipped through the mail can be and is successful for countless people just like you everyday.

In science:

Then 10 pM of beads was introduced into the chamber and incubated for 20 minutes after washing with 750 µl TPB buffer to remove the unbound DNAs.
Concentration and Length Dependence of DNA Looping in Transcriptional Regulation
Study results. The author of dissertation (Garaeva 2005) showed that total blood LPS-level (free and bound LPS) correlated with psoriasis severity. Plasma samples were dissolved in purified water in ratio of 1:10 and incubated in water bath 30 minutes to release endotoxin from complexes with LPS-binding proteins.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
They require substantial incubation periods. 7 Rio is experiencing a phenomenon of manifest symbolism for our agenda: penguins are showing up at the beaches in record numbers.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
During incubation, parental care is linked to prolactin secretion in a large number of species (Schradin and Anzenberger, 1999).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
After laying and as soon as the hen started incubation, males were removed from the pen.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
In precocial birds including ducks, prolactin is involved in parental care and nest attentiveness during incubation (Goldsmith, 1991; Hall, 1991; Criscuolo et al., 2002).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
In those precocial species, although prolactin concentration is set at a lower level than during incubation, it remains higher than in adults not rearing young.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Aspects comportementaux et endocriniens du jeûne d'incubation de l'Eider à Duvet (Somateria mollissima).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Incubation in mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) : changes in plasma levels of prolactin and luteinizing hormone .J.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
External stimuli affecting incubation behavior and prolactin secretion in the duck (Anas platyrhynchos).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Endocrinological and behavioral changes associated with the onset of incubation in the druck.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
The role of prolactin during incubation: comparative studies of three Diomedea albatrosses.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Hormonal change associated with natural and manipulated incubation in the sex-role reversed Wilson's phalarope.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
The effects of modifying incubation on prolactin secretion in free-living Pied Flycatchers.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
The brain slices were incubated for 30 min in a 2% solution of 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) (Sigma Chemical Co., Saint Louis, MO, USA) at 37 °C and fixed by immersion in a 4% paraformaldehyde solution in phosphate-buffered saline pH 7.4.
Wide therapeutic time window for nimesulide neuroprotection in a model of transient focal cerebral ischemia in the rat