Maturation is the process of becoming mature; the emergence of personal and behavioral characteristics through growth processes.

It can also refer to any of the following:

  • Fetal development
  • Developmental biology
  • In petroleum geology, the maturation of a rock is a measure of its state in terms of hydrocarbon generation.
  • Psychological development
  • Physical maturation of any biological life form – see individual articles for maturation of different life forms.
  • In research, a threat to internal validity in which subjects change during the course of the experiment or even between measurements and the researcher may not be able to determine if the cause of the discrepancy is due to time or the independent variable.
  • The final stages of cellular differentiation of cells, tissues, or organs.
  • The process of storing alcoholic beverages in wooden cylindrical containers intended to impart a change in flavour and colouring.

Other articles related to "maturation":

HK97 - Assembly and Maturation
... The capsid protein of HK97, gp5, cross-links upon maturation to form a concatenated chain-mail like structure ... The bacteriophage undergoes a maturation process upon DNA packaging during which it expands by nearly 5 nm and changes from spherically symmetrical to icosahedrally symmetrical ... of gp5 monomers comprise further capsid maturation and lead to formation of a mature phage head ...
Monoblast - Maturation
... The monoblast is the first stage of monocyte-macrophage maturation ... The developmental stages of the monoblast are CFU-GM (pluripotential hemopoietic stem cell or hemocytoblast) -> monoblast -> promonocyte -> monocyte-> macrophage ...
Glia Maturation Factor
... Glia maturation factor is a nerve growth factor implicated in nervous system development, angiogenesis and immune function ... The structures of mouse glia maturation factors beta and gamma, solved by both crystallography and NMR, reveal similarities and critical differences with ADF-H (actin ...