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1. The process of becoming mature.
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.
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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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