Definition of maturation in English:

maturation

Syllabification: mat·u·ra·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌmaCHəˈrāSHən
 
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noun

  • 1The action or process of maturing: sexual maturation
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    • These observations suggest that there may be links between sexual maturation and the emergence of preferences for specific body shapes.
    • Today, marriage is viewed as the natural outcome of emotional and sexual maturation, and a prolonged single status is stigmatizing for women.
    • It is about understanding the beauty of discovery that can lead to emotional growth and maturation.
  • 1.1(Of wine or other fermented drink) the process of becoming ready for drinking.
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    • If our understanding of red wine maturation is incomplete, even less is known about the ageing process in white wines.
    • The process is essentially the same as the white wine process: gathering the grapes, fermentation, maturation and bottling.
    • While available in magnums, this is not a wine requiring the slow maturation that a larger bottle brings.
  • 1.2The ripening of fruit: pod maturation
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    • After fruit maturation, all fruits were collected before dehiscence.
    • Owing to fruit maturation, the number of inflorescences supported by females was higher than that supported by males later in the reproductive season.
    • At fruit maturation, all flowering shoots on the marked plants were collected and brought to the laboratory.
  • 1.3 Medicine The development of functional ova or sperm cells.
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    • Selenium has also been shown to be important for sperm development and maturation.
    • They have been shown to influence crustacean larval development, egg maturation and reproductive timing and capacity.
    • The enzyme is regulated by bicarbonate and involved in sperm maturation.
  • 1.4The formation of pus in a boil, abscess, etc..

Derivatives

maturational

adjective
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  • ‘The situation of the growing brain might deserve special concern, since biological and maturational processes are particularly vulnerable,’ he said.
  • In addition, a common feature of the traditional view in professional education is that students develop according to a maturational unfolding of their abilities.
  • In accordance with their criteria, we were unable to detect a maturational pattern in our cases.

maturative

Pronunciation: /ˈmaCHəˌrātiv/
adjective
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  • They are not to be judged as true or false but as effective or ineffective, maturative or pathogenic.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting the formation of pus): from medieval Latin maturatio(n-), from Latin maturare (see mature).

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