Definition of Incubator

1. Noun. Apparatus consisting of a box designed to maintain a constant temperature by the use of a thermostat; used for chicks or premature infants.

Exact synonyms: Brooder
Generic synonyms: Apparatus, Setup
Terms within: Thermoregulator, Thermostat
Derivative terms: Brood, Incubate

Definition of Incubator

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

2. n. A contrivance for the cultivation of microörganisms by maintaining a suitable temperature.

Definition of Incubator

1. Noun. (chemistry) Any apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for a reaction ¹

2. Noun. (medicine) An apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for a newborn baby ¹

3. Noun. An apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for the hatching of eggs ¹

4. Noun. A place to maintain the culturing of bacteria at a steady temperature ¹

5. Noun. (wjargon) The Wikimedia Incubator. ¹

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Definition of Incubator

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Medical Definition of Incubator

1. 1. A container in which controlled environmental conditions may be maintained; e.g., for culturing microorganisms. 2. An apparatus for maintaining an infant (usually premature) in an environment of proper oxygenation, humidity, and temperature. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Incubator

incubation period
incubation time
incubative stage
incubator (current term)
incubatory carrier
incudal fold
incudal fossa

Literary usage of Incubator

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"Stretching across the orifice thus connecting the brass box of the regulator with the water-tank of the incubator is a thin india-rubber diaphragm (D). ..."

2. Obstetrics for nurses by Joseph Bolivar De Lee (1906)
"This is a perfect incubator in miniature, with a circulating hot-water system heated ... incubator ambulance closed; ready for transportation of infant. ..."

3. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann, Henry Larned Keith Shaw, Linnæus Edford La Fétra (1908)
"The opponents of the incubator may content themselves with the dictum of De'lestre, who says, "Tant vaut le mileau, tant vaut la con- ..."

4. The Practice of Obstetrics: Designed for the Use of Students and by James Clifton Edgar (1916)
"Dangers: The incubator is not unanimously recommended for prematurity. ... Hence, the incubator is essentially meddlesome and possibly contraindicated. ..."

5. The Principles of Bacteriology: A Practical Manual for Students and Physicians by Alexander Crever Abbott (1892)
"The incubator used in bacteriological work—Gas-pressure regulator—Thermo-regulator—The form of burner employed in heating the incubator. THE incubator. ..."

6. Pathogenic Micro-organisms; a Text-book of Microbiology for Physicians and by Ward J. MacNeal, Herbert Upham Williams (1914)
"Low-temperature incubator.—An incubator regulated for so- called "room temperature" is very desirable for the cultivation of bacteria upon gelatin and for ..."

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