neoteny


ne·o·te·ny

noun \nē-ˈä-tə-nē\

Definition of NEOTENY

1
:  retention of some larval or immature characters in adulthood
2
:  attainment of sexual maturity during the larval stage
ne·o·ten·ic \ˌnē-ə-ˈte-nik\ adjective

Origin of NEOTENY

New Latin neotenia, from ne- + Greek teinein to stretch — more at thin
First Known Use: 1901

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