- the act or process of maturating.
Origin of maturation
- the process of maturing or ripening
- zoology the development of ova and spermatozoa from precursor cells in the ovary and testis, involving meiosis
- a less common word for suppuration
Word Origin and History for maturational
early 15c., "the coming to a head of a boil, etc.; a state of producing pus," from Middle French maturation and directly from Latin maturationem (nominative maturatio), noun of action from past participle stem of maturare "to ripen, make ripe" (see mature (v.)).
- The process of becoming mature.
- Production or discharge of pus.
- The processes by which gametes are formed, including the reduction of chromosomes in a germ cell from the diploid number to the haploid number by meiosis.
- The final differentiation processes in biological systems, such as the attainment of total functional capability by a cell, a tissue, or an organ.