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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.


1. Softening, effacement, and dilation before labor. See: Bishop's score; prostaglandin
2. Maturation of a cataract.

cervical ripening

See: cervical ripening


said of meat. See curing.
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However, in a country like Pakistan where a majority of people belong to the lower class it is not possible to allow ripening of fruits naturally.
10,14-17) In summary, study to date has shown no difference in maternal or fetal outcome for cervical ripening comparing the outpatient to the inpatient setting; it has demonstrated, however, that uterine tachysystole or nonreassuring fetal heart tracing may lead to outpatient cervical ripening being abandoned or continued in the inpatient setting.
pH was measured using a digital pH-meter; Water activity (wa) was determined with Novasina-Axair/Switzerland-WA Sprint TH-500; Weight loss by fermented sausage was measured during every ripening period (1, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days).
A group of 10 genes associated to fruit ripening was investigated (Table 1).
Remember that the water vapor lost from the mangoes also increases the humidity inside ripening rooms.
The prepared cheese was stored for ripening at 8C for 6 months.
Concerning diameter of the fruits, a small variation in all ripening stages in longitudinal diameter (LD) was recorded (Figure 1A).
I think it will take a few more years before forced ripening of fruits will stop,"he added.
of the SMS was observed; however, significant effects on pH and water activity were observed as a result of ripening and/or adding rosemary powder (p<0.
Regardless of the concentration of fungal rennet and pH of renneting, the pH of the curd was decreasing during ripening period.
Ideally, delayed ripening prolongs storage life--without lessening the pears' ability to ripen on demand later on.
During ripening fruit exhibit various pattern and mechanism of softening.