pedomorphism

pedomorphism

[ped-uh-mawr-fiz-uhm or, esp. British, pee-duh-]
noun Biology.
a speeding up of the rate of development, resulting in an adult form that has the appearance of its larval or juvenile ancestor.
Compare neoteny ( def 2 ).


Origin:
pedo-1 + -morphism

pedomorphic, adjective
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pedomorphism pe·do·mor·phism (pē'də-môr'fĭz'əm)
n.
Variant of paedomorphism.

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