|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 |
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
neoteny ne·ot·e·ny (nē-ŏt'n-ē)
The attainment of sexual maturity by an organism still in its larval stage.
|neoteny (nē-ŏt'n-ē) Pronunciation Key