from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An apparatus in which environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity, can be controlled, often used for growing bacterial cultures, hatching eggs artificially, or providing suitable conditions for a chemical or biological reaction.
  • n. Medicine An apparatus for maintaining an infant, especially a premature infant, in an environment of controlled temperature, humidity, and oxygen concentration.
  • n. A place or situation that permits or encourages the formation and development, as of new ideas: a college that was an incubator of new approaches to sociology.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for a reaction.
  • n. An apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for a newborn baby.
  • n. An apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for the hatching of eggs.
  • n. A place to maintain the culturing of bacteria at a steady temperature.
  • n. A support programme for the development of entrepreneurial companies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which incubates, especially, an apparatus by means of which eggs are hatched by artificial heat.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which incubates, as a bird.
  • n. A suitable appliance for the artificial development of germs in the cultivation of micro-organisms.
  • n. Same as couveuse, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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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