maturation

[ mach-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌmætʃ əˈreɪ ʃən /

noun

the act or process of maturating.

Origin of maturation

1350–1400; Middle English: suppuration < Medieval Latin mātūrātiōn- (stem of mātūrātiō). See maturate, -ion

Related forms

mat·u·ra·tion·al, adjectivenon·mat·u·ra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for maturation

maturation

/ (ˌmætjʊˈreɪʃən, ˌmætʃʊ-) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

maturational, adjective
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Medicine definitions for maturation

maturation

[ măch′ə-rāshən ]

n.

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.

Related forms

mat′u•ration•al adj.
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