the act or process of maturating.

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

maturational, adjective
nonmaturation, noun Unabridged
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maturation (ˌmætjʊˈreɪʃən, ˌmætʃʊ-)
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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Word Origin & History

1540s, from Fr. maturation, from L. maturationem, noun of action from maturare (see mature).
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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
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.
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