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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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"We are testing, we are building proofs of concept so that when we are ready to show it to the people, to the public, we can have a complete basis for its ripening effect," she added.
Where they do not, we cover the consignment in black nylons or keep them in dark rooms to fast-track the ripening process,'' he said.
Usual methods for analyzing cheese composition and ripening index are time-consuming and expensive.
Translucent disorder, translucency, and a litter bit crispy texture, is an abnormal ripening process that occurs at the largest segment of aril.
The world has been moving towards organic farming but we are still depending on artificial ways of ripening fruits and vegetables which is not only becoming a reason for osteoporosis but also affecting cells in the body through blood veins.
Areas of obstetric practice where this is increasingly seen are cervical ripening and induction of labor.
Sausages are traditionally prepared with spontaneous fermentation of raw material microorganisms, following by ripening, although technological and sensorial quality and safety are not ensured (Simion, Vizireanu, Alexe, Franco, & Carballo, 2014, Lorenzo, Gomez, & Fonseca, 2014).
Cheeses being rich in proteins show diverse proteolytic systems leading to the production of numerous water-soluble peptides (WSPs) during ripening through the action of coagulants, bacterial proteases and peptidases (Meyer et al., 2009).
During ripening, the tomato skin properties change [11]; fruits soften; due to chlorophyll degradation and lycopene synthesis, the green color is turning red; ethylene production increases in the respiration rate; synthesis of sugars, acids, and aroma compounds takes place [3,12].
Everyone complains about tomatoes not ripening, and on the whole, it is down to the summer weather.
In this study the use of RT-qPCR to monitoring apple quality during ripening and development in different postharvest conditions such as room temperature, cold storage with or without control of atmosphere and the 1-methylcyclopropene usage were proposed.
This article mainly explores the parts of the process that require refrigeration, especially the ripening of the mangoes and chilling water by absorption machines for processing chilling.