maturation

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maturation

1. Zoology the development of ova and spermatozoa from precursor cells in the ovary and testis, involving meiosis
2. a less common word for suppuration

maturation

[‚mach·ə′rā·shən]
(biology)
The process of coming to full development.
The final series of changes in the growth and formation of germ cells.
(virology)
The process that leads to incorporation of viral genomes into capsids and complete virions.
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ACOG committee opinion: antenatal corticosteroid therapy for fetal maturation. Obstet Gynecol 2002;99:871-3.
NIH Consensus Development Panel on the Effect of Corticosteroids for Fetal Maturation on Perinatal Outcomes.
In 2000, the National Institutes of Health reaffirmed that a single course of antenatal corticosteroids should be considered for pregnant women between 24 and 34 weeks of gestation who are at risk for preterm delivery within 7 days, but concluded that the data available at that time were inadequate to argue for or against repeat or rescue courses of antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) for fetal maturation.