maturation

noun
mat·u·ra·tion | \ˌma-chə-ˈrā-shən \

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

b : spermiogenesis

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Other Words from maturation

maturational \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective

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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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From fermentation and cooperage all the way through to maturation and bottling, the entire scope of whiskey production is on display. Jake Emen, USA TODAY, "First look: Old Forester Distillery in Louisville," 13 June 2018 To get to the higher plane on which Matthews is playing now requires evolution and maturation. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "How Charles Matthews became Michigan basketball's best player in March," 2 Apr. 2018 Stainless steel tanks are most often used in the fermentation and maturation of Chablis, but some producers employ oak barrels in the process, particularly the Grand Cru and Premier Cru classifications. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "If you think you don't like Chablis, maybe you haven't tried the real thing," 21 Mar. 2018 For Four Corners, the deal represents both the maturation of the company and the end of an era. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Four Corners sells its first restaurant, Schoolyard Tavern & Grill, as it continues to grow," 11 June 2018 The first is a combination investigational antibody and drug that targets a protein called B-cell maturation antigen, or BCMA. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "GSK’s New CEO Emma Walmsley Has a Strong Start Out of the Gate," 8 June 2018 Jorge Alfaro’s maturation behind the plate has been central to the Phillies’ success. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies welcome 'Baby Braves' for showdown at Citizens Bank Park | Extra Innings," 21 May 2018 Luspatercept is designed to target a protein necessary to increase the production and maturation of late-stage red blood cells. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Acceleron blood disease drug hits goal in pivotal clinical trial," 28 June 2018 There is considerable evidence from developmental psychology that primary experiences are critical to the social maturation of a child. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Put down the smartphone and become more human," 31 May 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

: 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 \

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

b : spermiogenesis sense 2

Other Words from maturation

maturative \mə-ˈt(y)u̇r-ət-iv \ adjective

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