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incubation

[‚iŋ·kyə′bā·shən]
(chemistry)
Maintenance of chemical mixtures at specified temperatures for varying time periods to study chemical reactions, such as enzyme activity.
(medicine)
The phase of an infectious disease process between infection by the pathogen and appearance of symptoms.
(vertebrate zoology)
The act or process of brooding.
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Similarly the association of broodiness and egg production is elaborated by number of scientists who reported the induction of broodiness and incubation behavior due to the increase in prolactin secretions[1] thus reducing the egg production rate.
The group decided to repeat the Science study with a larger data set and a better understanding of bird biology because other palaeontologists were starting to use the original results to predict the incubation behavior of other dinosaur species.
Incubation behavior of emperor geese compared with other geese: Interactions of predation, body size and energetics.