maturation

noun
mat·​u·​ra·​tion | \ ˌma-chə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce maturation (audio) \

Definition of maturation

1a : the process of becoming mature (see mature entry 1 sense 2)
b : the emergence of personal and behavioral characteristics through growth processes
c : the final stages of differentiation (see differentiation sense 2b) of cells, tissues, or organs
2a : the entire process by which diploid gamete-producing cells are transformed into haploid gametes that includes both meiosis and physiological (see physiological sense 2) and structural changes

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Other Words from maturation

maturational \ ˌma-​chə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce maturational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for maturation

Synonyms

development, growth, maturing, ripening

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Examples of maturation in a Sentence

the early stages of maturation the maturation of his skills

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In order for that to happen there needs to be maturation within the starting rotation. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Enemy Lines: Opposing Scouts Size Up the American League," 28 Mar. 2018 The Green's recent performance in New York City demonstrates a dramatic maturation in their musical journey. Patricia Meschino, Billboard, "The Green on New Album 'Marching Orders' & Hawaii's Unique Reggae Scene," 21 Feb. 2018 Because red wines usually benefit from patient maturation, and most Spanish wines are red, Spain’s wine laws recognize time spent in barrel and bottle aging as key quality factors. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "Great Wine Values: El Coto Rioja Crianza," 9 Jan. 2018 As the Mayo Clinic explains, sometimes what seems like BPD can simply be part of a child or teenager’s emotional maturation. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "13 Facts Everyone Should Know About Borderline Personality Disorder," 5 Dec. 2018 During the 1990s technology boom, going public was seen as a key milestone in a startup's maturation. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "There’s a big problem with Elon Musk’s plan to take Tesla private," 9 Aug. 2018 The GlenDronach, which was founded in 1826, exclusively uses sherry casks for its whisky maturation. Jonah Flicker, USA TODAY, "Explore four scenic distilleries in the U.K.," 22 June 2018 This maturation can be seen in the Electric’s liquid-cooled, 356-V, 64-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack that’s layered between the floor boards. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: Good EVs Are No Longer Shocking," 1 Nov. 2018 These genes were associated with fertility, tolerance to cold and salt, and processes important for grain yield and quality, like seed maturation and germination. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "The nightmarishly complex wheat genome finally yields to scientists," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of maturation

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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maturation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maturation

formal : the process of becoming mature : the process of developing in the body or mind : the process of developing to a desired level

maturation

noun
mat·​u·​ra·​tion | \ ˌmach-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce maturation (audio) \

Medical Definition of maturation

1a : the process of becoming mature
b : the emergence of personal and behavioral characteristics through growth processes
c : the final stages of differentiation of cells, tissues, or organs
d : the achievement of intellectual or emotional maturity
2a : the entire process by which diploid gamete-producing cells are transformed into haploid gametes that includes both meiosis and physiological and structural changes fitting the gamete for its future role

Other Words from maturation

maturative \ mə-​ˈt(y)u̇r-​ət-​iv How to pronounce maturative (audio) \ adjective

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