Definition of incubator in English:

incubator

noun

  • 1An enclosed apparatus in which premature or unusually small babies are placed and which provides a controlled and protective environment for their care.

    • ‘The 1904 festival included exhibitions showing off new inventions of the age - including a display of incubators with premature Bradford babies sleeping in them!’
    • ‘Other scenes describe the beauty of wordless communication with an infant, while another narrative traces the pain and anxiety of parents watching their premature baby fight for survival in a hospital incubator.’
    • ‘The aircraft touched down at about 10 am, with paramedics standing by to transfer the baby to an incubator before taking him to Yorkhill in a special neonatal ambulance.’
    • ‘Caroline was seriously ill after she gave birth by emergency caesarean section, and it was two days before she saw her tiny daughter who was on oxygen in an incubator in the special care bay unit.’
    • ‘The Daily Dispatch learnt that the three-day-old baby was in an incubator in the nursery and had been breathing with a ventilator.’
    • ‘These babies are placed in an incubator or warmer right after birth to help them maintain a normal body temperature.’
    • ‘Nursing preterm infants in incubators allows the neutral thermal environment, noise, and light to be controlled effectively.’
    • ‘There are two intensive care incubators in the ambulance and it is fully equipped to transport very sick babies in a safe and pleasant way.’
    • ‘Hope Hospital has installed a camera that lets parents watch their tiny babies lying in intensive care incubators from another room.’
    • ‘Whenever possible, procedures performed on a baby in an incubator should be performed through the ports (diaper change, vital signs, phlebotomy, etc.).’
    • ‘They are holding a charity night tomorrow to raise £11,000 to buy an incubator for other premature babies at St Mary's.’
    • ‘In the go-go days, dot.coms went public and were coddled by investors like premature babies in incubators.’
    • ‘The men raised £655.28 for BLISS - a charity which provides incubators to hospitals with premature babies.’
    • ‘Gemma is now a happy, healthy 11-year-old, but for six weeks it was uncertain if she would pull through as she lay in an incubator in the special care baby unit at the Royal Oldham Hospital.’
    • ‘A mother had to be flown to a Norwich hospital to give birth to identical twins because there were not enough incubators at Southend's premature baby unit.’
    • ‘The new mum said that the doctors were shocked to hear how baby Samuel had been born and quickly ran checks and put him in an incubator for premature babies.’
    • ‘The baby will be placed in a special incubator in an intensive care unit and monitored around the clock.’
    • ‘Instead of providing incubators for these babies, the mothers act as ‘kangaroos’, keeping their babies on their chests or stomachs, which is found to be beneficial for the babies.’
    • ‘This expansion will ensure 12 beds for a new maternity ward, which will provide 5 incubators.’
    • ‘East Cape News reported that this led to a stressful weekend for the hospital's staff, especially in the maternity ward where eight premature babies were being cared for in incubators.’
    1. 1.1 An apparatus used to hatch eggs or grow microorganisms under controlled conditions.
      • ‘Once hatched in the incubator, the chick should be left undisturbed for up to eight hours so that it can rest and dry after the emergence process.’
      • ‘Chicks were hatched in incubators and kept indoors in brooders for the first 6 weeks of their life.’
      • ‘The Crane Working Group sends in a member to seize one of the eggs, to be kept in an incubator and hatched in captivity for release at a later stage.’
      • ‘With a thermostat, a light-bulb, and a padded cardboard box, I constructed an incubator for the cell cultures in my biology experiments.’
      • ‘Plants were grown in soilpots in an incubator under 16-hr light and 8-hr dark conditions.’
      • ‘All cultures were grown at 34°C in humidified incubators containing 5% CO 2.’
      • ‘Flies were raised on standard corn-meal-molasses-agar medium and grown in an incubator at 25°.’
      • ‘Both cell lines were cultured in a humidified incubator containing 5% CO 2 at 37°C.’
      • ‘The new embryos are grown in an incubator for several days and then implanted into recipient females.’
      • ‘Plants were grown from seeds germinated on wet sand in an incubator on 20 May and 8 August in both years to obtain leaves of different age at the same measuring time.’
      • ‘I'd nearly given up on trying to hatch duck eggs in an incubator - the hatch rote was typically small, and the incubator developed a putrid odor midway through the incubation in spite of following the directions.’
      • ‘To help the incubator control the egg environment, keep it in a room free from drafts, where the room temperature remains constant.’
      • ‘He had to balance conditions inside the incubator to make sure the fungus would not grow and the eggs would not dry up.’
      • ‘RacoonCam allows surfers to watch the antics of two racoons at a Cumbrian rescue centre, OstrichCam gives a unique view of an ostrich egg incubator as the eggs hatch out.’
      • ‘Hatcheries, which use incubators to hatch the eggs, take advantage of this biological phenomenon for shipping.’
      • ‘Therefore, if my breeding plan is to be hatched, I'm going to have to acquire an incubator.’
      • ‘In the manual procedure, a chemical solution is mixed with the sample, which is then heated for two to four hours in an incubator or ‘oven’.’
      • ‘A huge scheme to build bio-science incubators at York Science Park will be one of the first projects to benefit from a £10 million government bonanza for regional manufacturing.’
      • ‘While sealing containers with parafilm can adversely affect plant growth, maximum elongation of the well-watered controls on filter boards was similar whether they were sealed with parafilm or grown in a ventilated incubator.’
      • ‘The heavy equipment that was in the culture room now - the cell incubator, the centrifuge, the microscope - had all been installed when the room was constructed.’
  • 2North American A place, especially with support staff and equipment, made available at low rent to new small businesses.

    as modifier ‘an incubator project’
    • ‘It will be located in a disadvantaged area of Johannesburg and feature a business incubator where black business support services will be promoted.’
    • ‘Such links had worked well in the Republic, where many successful firms had grown from incubators in universities and technical institutes.’
    • ‘Vorkink said the project would involve the establishment of business incubators and mediating services for finding jobs.’
    • ‘The money will be used to build on Bradford University's existing commitment to helping generate new firms through ‘themed’ business incubators which support and nurture start-up companies.’
    • ‘The incubators provide a rich environment for innovative entrepreneurs, including mentoring, networking resources, business development and financial management.’

Pronunciation

incubator

/ˈɪŋkjʊbeɪtə/