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maturation

[mach-uh-rey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act or process of maturating.
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Origin of maturation

1350–1400; Middle English: suppuration < Medieval Latin mātūrātiōn- (stem of mātūrātiō). See maturate, -ion
Related formsmat·u·ra·tion·al, adjectivenon·mat·u·ra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for maturation

maturation

noun
  1. the process of maturing or ripening
  2. zoology the development of ova and spermatozoa from precursor cells in the ovary and testis, involving meiosis
  3. a less common word for suppuration
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Derived Formsmaturational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for maturation

n.

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.)).

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maturation in Medicine

maturation

(măch′ə-rāshən)
n.
  1. The process of becoming mature.
  2. Production or discharge of pus.
  3. 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.
  4. The final differentiation processes in biological systems, such as the attainment of total functional capability by a cell, a tissue, or an organ.
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Related formsmat′u•ration•al adj.
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