from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of becoming mature.
  • n. Biology The processes by which gametes are formed, including the reduction of chromosomes in a germ cell from the diploid number to the haploid number by meiosis.
  • n. Biology The final differentiation processes in biological systems, such as the final ripening of a seed or the attainment of full functional capacity by a cell, a tissue, or an organ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of becoming mature
  • n. The process of differentiation that produces the adult form of an organism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The process of bringing, or of coming, to maturity; hence, specifically, the process of suppurating perfectly; the formation of pus or matter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The process of ripening or coming to maturity; a bringing to maturity; hence, a carrying out; consummation.
  • n. In medicine, a ripening or maturing, as of an abscess; formation of pus; suppuration.
  • n. In cytology and embryology, the final stage in the development of the germcells (ovum and spermatozoön). This stage is characterized by certain changes in the chromosomes, especially a reduction in their number to one half of that of the chromosomes in the somatic or body cells.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
  • n. coming to full development; becoming mature
  • n. (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus


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