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maturity

n. 1) the date when the payment of the principal amount owed under the terms of a promissory note or bill of exchange becomes due. Quite often a note states that failure to pay interest or installment payments when due "accelerates" the note, making the "maturity date" immediate if such payments are demanded and not paid. 2) the age when one becomes an adult, which is 18 for most purposes. (See: promissory note, bill of exchange, acceleration, legal age)

maturity

noun adulthood, completion, culmination, due date, evolution, falling due, full age, full development, full growth, majority, maturitas, perfected condition, perfection, preparedness, readiness
Associated concepts: maturity of a debt, maturity of an obliiation
See also: age, discretion, experience, finality, majority

MATURITY. The time when a bill or note becomes due. In order to bind the endorsers such note or bill must be protested, when not paid, on the last day of grace. See Days of grace.

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There is another factor to consider when addressing the relevance of FLM testing: due to improvements in gestational age dating, maternal administration of corticosteroids that accelerate fetal lung maturity in at-risk pregnancies, and exogenous surfactant replacement therapies, the number of newborn deaths due to RDS has continued to decline over the last 15 years.
Clinical and laboratory trends in fetal lung maturity testing.
The utility of the TDx test in the assessment of fetal lung maturity.
Improved fluorescence polarization assay for use in evaluating fetal lung maturity.
Delivery is by elective cesarean section following documentation of fetal lung maturity at 36 weeks.
CHICAGO -- One-third of severe neonatal respiratory distress cases could be avoided if physicians tested for fetal lung maturity before performing elective deliveries, results of a large, retrospective study suggest.
No viral DNA was found in the amniotic fluid of 47 women who underwent amniocentesis for genetic screening or fetal lung maturity at Long Beach (Calif.
This pearl reminds us to consider corticosteroids for accelerating fetal lung maturity in patients at high risk for preterm delivery at 24-34 weeks.
Until data from a clinical trial indicate a favorable risk-benefit ratio, physicians should not give multiple steroid doses in an attempt to hasten fetal lung maturity, the 16-member panel decided.