paedomorphosis pae·do·mor·pho·sis or pe·do·mor·pho·sis (pē'də-môr'fə-sĭs)
n. pl. pae·do·mor·pho·ses (-sēz')
Phylogenetic change in which juvenile characteristics are retained in the adult form of an organism.
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
retention by an organism of juvenile or even larval traits into later life. There are two aspects of paedomorphosis: acceleration of sexual maturation relative to the rest of development (progenesis) and retardation of bodily development with respect to the onset of reproductive activity (neoteny).
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