neotenic

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neoteny (nɪˈɒtənɪ)
 
n
See also paedogenesis the persistence of larval or fetal features in the adult form of an animal. For example, the adult axolotl, a salamander, retains larval external gills
 
[C19: from New Latin neotenia, from Greek neo- + teinein to stretch]
 
neotenic
 
adj
 
ne'otenous
 
adj

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