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Denoting progressive oxidation of dye solutions, as in the ripening of hematoxylin solutions to hematein or of methylene blue to azure dyes.
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1. Softening, effacement, and dilation before labor. See: Bishop's score; prostaglandin
2. Maturation of a cataract.

cervical ripening

See: cervical ripening
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This profile may be associated to the biosynthesis of volatiles occurring in the later stages of development and initial stages of fruit ripening. Thus, these genes can be used as biomarkers associated to fruit ripening.
Fruit ripening under room temperature (25 [+ or -] 2[degrees]C / 58 [+ or -] 6% R.H.) was slow until MS2, within five days in average (Table 2).
Data regarding different fruit quality parameters (respiration rate, ethylene production, fruit weight loss, firmness, colour, SSC, TA, TPC, AS activity) and activities of various enzymes (fruit softening and antioxidative) were recorded on daily basis until fruit ripening (eating soft).
As the skin colour development was lower in fruit stored at 10degC than those kept at 12 or 14degC; it is obvious that the storage at low temperature slows down the process of fruit ripening in mangoes (Govender et al., 2005).
Despite its commercial importance, no objective maturity indices have been developed for the Maradol variety, and the studies that describe color changes during fruit ripening only address the initial and final maturity stages (Perez-Carrillo and Yahia, 2004; Hernandez et al., 2007) or the fruit quality in anthracnose-affected fruit (Acosta et al., 2001).
GREEN outdoor tomatoes can usually be ripened indoors, either on a sunny windowsill or in a brown paper bag containing an over-ripe banana - it gives off ethylene gas which promotes fruit ripening.
A neighbour has suggested that it could be caused by the fruit ripening. What do you think?
To determine period of fruit availability all fruiting species, and individual plants, encountered along the transects were identified and monitored regularly for fruit ripening. Fruit ripening was determined through visual inspection.
Researchers in Handa's laboratory cloned a gene for pectin methylesterase, an enzyme involved in fruit ripening. Then, they created a backwards copy of the gene.
Since many companies seek to control fruit ripening or floral blooming, this report "is tremendously interesting from a practical and basic perspective," says Harry Klee, a plant molecular biologist at Monsanto Co.