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[mach-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌmætʃ əˈreɪ ʃən/
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
maturational, adjective
nonmaturation, noun Unabridged
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  • Scientists have long been amazed by the egg maturation process.
  • Many of the new spate of pop-econ page-turners reflect the maturation of economics as an increasingly empirical science.
  • Previous research had been stepping closer to encouraging neuronal growth-which usually stops after physical maturation.
  • The longer maturation time produces a denser fruit with lower water content and more concentrated sweetness and flavor.
  • The required process of political maturation was slow and painful, and was marked by dictatorships and civil wars.
  • In fact, often positive maturation and growth can be fostered.
  • Soon after the movie started, my teenage quest for worldly maturation evaporated.
  • Thus the paradox is that leave-taking can be an expression of maturation or of an infantile view of the life.
  • There's nothing wrong with being naïve, though, it's part of the maturation process.
  • It also contains a growth factor that may speed the maturation of the gastrointestinal tract.
British Dictionary definitions for maturation


/ˌmætjʊˈreɪʃən; ˌmætʃʊ-/
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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Word Origin and History for maturation

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 mat·u·ra·tion (māch'ə-rā'shən)

  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.

mat'u·ra'tion·al adj.
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