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English Dictionary: maturation by the DICT Development Group
2 results for maturation
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
maturation
n
  1. coming to full development; becoming mature [syn: maturation, ripening, maturement]
  2. (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; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
    Synonym(s): growth, growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis
    Antonym(s): nondevelopment
  3. (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus
    Synonym(s): festering, suppuration, maturation
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Maturation \Mat`u*ra"tion\, n. [L. maturatio a hastening: cf. F.
      maturation.]
      The process of bringing, or of coming, to maturity; hence,
      specifically, the process of suppurating perfectly; the
      formation of pus or matter.
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