Definition of maturation in English:

maturation

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action or process of maturing.

    ‘sexual maturation’
    • ‘Normally, the cells in a tissue have a balanced cycle of cell division, cell maturation, and cell death.’
    • ‘Student involvement in collegiate organizations provides numerous opportunities for growth, development and maturation.’
    • ‘It is about understanding the beauty of discovery that can lead to emotional growth and maturation.’
    • ‘My own growth and maturation paralleled major developments in our nation's reach for space.’
    • ‘For example, developmental changes in lung maturation and growth might not be linearly related to body size even if airway function is.’
    • ‘Some of this growth occurs as part of the natural maturation process during adolescence.’
    • ‘If physical development is governed by experience as well as by the process of physical maturation, is this also true for other aspects of development such as personality and social development?’
    • ‘By using personal coaches and mentors, they seek to accelerate the natural process of maturation.’
    • ‘Epigenesis, as this viewpoint came to be called, held that development was a time of differentiation and maturation in which the organism grew in complexity as well as size.’
    • ‘Sinking roots is not an automatic childhood event, but is a result, at least in part, of the process of maturation.’
    • ‘The entire process of maturation, from birth to death, is a creative process of choices, each of which can radically change the outcome of a person's life.’
    • ‘Eve is constantly referred to as innocent and childlike in the first half of the film and her transformation involves a process of maturation, of becoming a more confident adult.’
    • ‘Although werewolves don't make their first change until their late teens, it's only the end of the lengthy process of maturation.’
    • ‘Further analyses identify the relative success of Scottish immigrants in the American profession and their leadership in its early development and maturation.’
    • ‘Such an experience, which seems very remote from our jet-age culture, carried with it connotations of personal development and maturation.’
    • ‘In particular, it's about the children we meet and the process of maturation they undergo.’
    • ‘For many, this was the seminal event of their political maturation - a second baptism of freedom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Within the logic of traditional elegy, this step is integral to the process of poetic maturation.’
    1. 1.1 The process by which wine or other fermented drinks become ready for drinking.
      ‘white wines generally need less maturation than reds’
      • ‘If our understanding of red wine maturation is incomplete, even less is known about the ageing process in white wines.’
      • ‘It uses local Hallertauer and Saaz hop and has at least six weeks of cold maturation which results in an extremely drinkable lager.’
      • ‘Throughout the years of maturation, the whisky, which coming out of the still is a colorless spirit, gradually becomes more complex.’
      • ‘Fermentation and maturation in oak is another important aspect.’
      • ‘As with wine, whisky's production and maturation process - especially if peat is used - have a big impact on the final flavour.’
      • ‘Then they gave the wine an extended maturation in oak barrels.’
      • ‘They've done such a good job of excluding air from their winemaking process that they now have to make sure that a certain amount of oxygen gets into the wines in order to get good maturation.’
      • ‘And the large proportion of Grenache and Zinfandel grapes need slower maturation, thus reaching higher sugar levels that turn on fermentation into alcohol.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fierce competition often provokes a rush to judgement, a sense of perpetual crisis and a frantic chase for stories, sacrificing the process of reflective maturation.’
      • ‘As well as the raw materials used, often from local sources, the maturation of a whisky in cask is extremely important when forging its character.’
      • ‘Yet more techniques for adding to or altering the flavour of Chardonnay are oak-barrel fermentation and maturation.’
      • ‘Over the past ten years, better vineyard practices and a greater understanding of wine-making and maturation have dramatically improved the quality of these wines.’
      • ‘To these traditional ingredients they add inert temperature-controlled fermentation and maturation in new oak, mainly French.’
      • ‘They have experimented with all the techniques of modern winemaking in terms of time of grape picking, fermentation times and temperatures, and maturation.’
    2. 1.2 The ripening of fruit.
      ‘pod maturation’
      • ‘Fruit maturation is slow and occurs during the rainy season (July - October).’
      • ‘Subsequent events, such as fruit maturation and fruit dispersal, were noted and recorded once a week.’
      • ‘Upon maturation, fruit was individually harvested from all plants over a 2-week period.’
      • ‘At the time of fruit maturation, the numbers of intact and damaged seeds were counted.’
      • ‘The relatively large divergence between these results could, on the one hand, be due to differences either in the growth conditions or in the fruit maturation state.’
      • ‘These include the type of starch and fibre, particle size, fat, maturation of the fruit or vegetable (sugar type) and cooking method/time.’
      • ‘Fruit defenses weaken after maturation, facilitating invasions by yeasts and fungi.’
      • ‘Curious about the stage of fruit maturation preferred by other wild primates, I sent out a brief survey.’
      • ‘New inflorescences were marked and developing fruits were examined every 2 weeks, until fruit maturation.’
      • ‘After fruit maturation, all fruits were collected before dehiscence.’
      • ‘Hormones have been implicated in the maturation of fleshy fruits, and ethylene and auxin appear to be of particular importance depending on the type of fruits.’
      • ‘At fruit maturation, all flowering shoots on the marked plants were collected and brought to the laboratory.’
      • ‘Owing to fruit maturation, the number of inflorescences supported by females was higher than that supported by males later in the reproductive season.’
      • ‘The role of ethylene in fruit development and maturation has been intensively studied.’
      fulfilment, realization, actualization, materialization
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    3. 1.3Medicine The development of functional ova or sperm cells.
      • ‘They have been shown to influence crustacean larval development, egg maturation and reproductive timing and capacity.’
      • ‘Selenium has also been shown to be important for sperm development and maturation.’
      • ‘This suggests that the rate of sperm production or sperm maturation may be limited in some species.’
      • ‘Abnormal sperm morphology - an indicator of deranged sperm production or maturation - is also associated with reduced fertilising capacity.’
      • ‘The enzyme is regulated by bicarbonate and involved in sperm maturation.’
      development, growing, germination, shooting up, springing up, sprouting
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  • 2The formation of pus in a boil, abscess, etc.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

maturation

/matjʊˈreɪʃ(ə)n/