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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Castration did not otherwise influence physical maturation, so the most celebrated singers had voices that were not only extremely high and pure but also immensely strong, powered by a barrel chest and incessant training since childhood. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Millennial Countertenor’s Pop-Star Appeal," 15 July 2019 If not, and questions remain about the maturation of Jordan Bell and Damian Jones, wouldn’t Cousins be considered a necessity? Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "DeMarcus Cousins looks like a fit with Warriors, but it’s complicated," 18 June 2019 The end of popcorn maturation will also be late, potentially up against an early frost like field corn. Nyssa Kruse, Indianapolis Star, "Commercial corn prices are going up. Here's what that could mean for your grocery bill," 17 June 2019 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

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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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