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1. The process of becoming mature.
2. Biology
a. 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.
b. 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.

mat′u·ra′tion·al adj.
mat′u·ra′tive adj.
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a medicinal preparation applied to an inflamed area to stimulate the process of suppuration or maturation.
See also: Remedies
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The patient with PVS should be kept on a nutritious diet to maintain the integrity and maturative potential of the oral epithelium due to its malignant potential [7].
UPJO may be considered, in most cases, as a functional obstructive condition due to maturative abnormalities, during the gestation, in the smooth muscle and/or the innervation of the pyelo-ureteral transitional segment, defective peristaltic waves and resulting in aperistaltic segment and difficulty to eject urine from the renal pelvis into the ureter.