What is maturation?

  • (noun): (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.
    Synonyms: growth, growing, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis
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Maturation is the process of becoming mature; the emergence of personal and behavioral characteristics through growth processes.

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Some articles on maturation:

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 ...
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 ... conformational changes and crosslinking of gp5 monomers comprise further capsid maturation and lead to formation of a mature phage head ...
... Maturation is the process of becoming mature the emergence of personal and behavioral characteristics through growth processes ... 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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "maturation":

  • (noun): (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus.
    Synonyms: festering, suppuration