maturation

noun

mat·​u·​ra·​tion ˌma-chə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce maturation (audio)
1
a
: 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 3b) of cells, tissues, or organs
2
a
: 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
maturational adjective

Examples of maturation in a Sentence

the early stages of maturation the maturation of his skills
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Word History

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of maturation was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Maturation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maturation. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

maturation

noun
mat·​u·​ra·​tion ˌmach-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce maturation (audio)
1
: the process of becoming mature
2
: the process involving meiosis by which body cells having two sets of chromosomes form gametes with one set of chromosomes

Medical Definition

maturation

noun
mat·​u·​ra·​tion ˌmach-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce maturation (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
maturative adjective
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