1. [ noun ] maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
Related terms: care incubate
2. [ noun ] (pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear
Related terms: phase infection pathology
3. [ noun ] (biology) sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body
Synonyms: brooding
Related terms: parturition brood
Similar spelling:   insufflation