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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

Etymologies

maturate +‎ -ion (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For although some brains work differently than others I believe our maturation is a sum of our experiences, not how we process them.

    Ashley's Treatment

  • Her maturation is a constant source of mystery and tension, but she also plays the role of catalyst, leaving our hipster-nerd scientists to make their own bad decisions and push forward the drama themselves.

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  • Defaulting on debt – as in Treasuries due to be paid to the bond holders at maturation, is ONE THING.

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  • Further reductions in maturation time have been realized with the third generation of DsRed mutants, which also display an increased brightness level in terms of peak cellular fluorescence.

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  • During his interview with the AP after the team's morning shootaround, Bryant would not answer a follow-up question on his self-described stubbornness and proclivity to hold a grudge, and how those qualities have remained constants during his maturation from a teenage NBA rookie into an eight-year veteran.

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  • "They're undergoing a long-term maturation in terms of the strength of their institutions, their commitment to market-oriented policies and their abilities to navigate a very unsettled market environment," he says.

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  • DOE's Hydrogen, Fuel Cell and Infrastructure Technologies program is helping enable the long-term maturation of hydrogen technologies.

    U.S. Department of Energy - Press Releases

  • Heino M, O'Brien L, Dieckmann U (2004) Long-term maturation trend in the maturation reaction norm of two cod stocks.

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  • Understanding the bones isn’t the same as understanding the body. — – Evident creative maturation is an easy one.

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  • Their maturation has been a long time reaching this point but I'm afraid suppuration will begin again from the re-infection and contamination by the homo-haters that are spread throughout the body politic.

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