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Incubative stage

incubative stage in·cu·ba·tive stage (ĭn’kyə-bā’tĭv, ĭng’-)
The primary stage of certain infectious diseases during which prodromal symptoms appear. Also called incubation period, latent stage, prodromal stage.


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