A laboratory incubator is a heated, insulated compartment used to grow and maintain microbiological or cell cultures, tissues, biochemical and hematological studies, pharmaceutical or laboratory analyzes. The incubator maintains the temperature, humidity and gaseous content of the atmosphere at stable levels. Many incubators include a programmable timer that can be set to go through different temperatures and humidity levels. Incubators range from tabletop units to large systems.
There are many different types of laboratory incubators, including dry bath incubators with single or double blocks, biological oxygen demand units (BODs) ideal for insect or plant studies, shaker incubators, hybridization ovens, bioreactors and a large variety of laboratory test chambers.