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Definition of "maturation" [mat•u•ra•tion]

  • The process of becoming mature. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "maturation" in a sentence
  • "For although some brains work differently than others I believe our maturation is a sum of our experiences, not how we process them."
  • "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."
  • "Defaulting on debt – as in Treasuries due to be paid to the bond holders at maturation, is ONE THING."