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

Examples of maturation in a Sentence

the early stages of maturation the maturation of his skills
Recent Examples on the Web Tunador attributes the vast improvement to her adapting to his need for more independence, his maturation and their improved communication. Elizabeth Heubeck, chicagotribune.com, "How to survive your college student’s first extended break at home," 11 Dec. 2019 During a baby's last weeks in the womb, there's dramatic maturation in the brain and rapid physical growth. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Warming temperatures put women at risk of giving birth early, study says," 2 Dec. 2019 In Kenya, the locust maturation is coinciding with the onset of the rainy season. Neha Wadekar, Quartz Africa, "Two new generations of locusts are set to descend on East Africa again—400 times stronger," 10 Apr. 2020 The announcement is a sign of the rapid maturation of the drone industry, as multiple titans of industry race to find their place in what could become a transforming technology. Los Angeles Times, "Google offshoot joins with Walgreens and FedEx to launch drone deliveries within a month," 19 Sep. 2019 And while his maturation into a superstar delighted fans at the BMO Harris Bradley Center (and subsequently Fiserv Forum), some of his biggest name-making moments took place elsewhere. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Two Giannis moments at Madison Square Garden on his way to superstardom," 5 Apr. 2020 This swift maturation and breeding process illustrates how things get out of hand. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Have that gnawing feeling you’re not alone?," 31 Jan. 2020 While many in the industry are worried about its slowing growth, McGee believes craft beer is simply reaching a new phase in its maturation. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Anderson Valley Brewing to change hands but stay independent," 4 Dec. 2019 But through the maturation and the difficulties Philyor has faced, the personality Weiner so highly praised still remains the same. Stefan Krajisnik, Indianapolis Star, "For IU breakout WR Whop Philyor, it's about football, family, faith — not in that order," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of maturation

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Maturation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maturation. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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maturation

noun
How to pronounce maturation (audio)

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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