Incubation vs Contagious - What's the difference?
As a noun incubation
is sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young; a brooding on, or keeping warm, to develop the life within, by any process.
As an adjective contagious is
of a disease, easily transmitted to others.
Sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young; a brooding on, or keeping warm, to develop the life within, by any process.
(pathology) The development of a disease from its causes, or its period of incubation. (See below.)
(chemistry) A period of little reaction which is followed by more rapid reaction.
Sleeping in a temple or other holy place in order to have oracular dreams.
* 1978 , Benjamin Walker, Encyclopedia of Metaphysical Medicine , Routledge 1978, p. 144:
- Incubation in the vicinity of burial places, cremation grounds, holy wells and sacred streams was common. The ancient Hebrews visited vaults or slept among tombs to get meaningful dreams.
* incubation period
Of a disease, easily transmitted to others.
Of a fashion, laughter, etc., easily passed on to others.
- The flu was so contagious that everybody in town got sick!
Of a person, having a disease that can be transmitted to another person by touch.
- Wearing jeans was a contagious fad at that time.
- They were highly contagious , spreading bacteria to other people.
* (of a disease) catching, infectious