incubator

noun

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.

noun

An apparatus for maintaining an infant, especially a premature infant, in an environment of controlled temperature, humidity, and oxygen concentration.

noun

A place or situation that permits or encourages the formation and development, as of new ideas.

noun

One who or that which incubates, as a bird.

noun

A suitable appliance for the artificial development of germs in the cultivation of micro-organisms.

noun

Same as couveuse, 2.

noun

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

noun

An apparatus containing an enclosed chamber, used for the cultivation of micro├Ârganisms 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.

noun

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.

noun

Any apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for a reaction.