gerontomorphosis

noun

ge·​ron·​to·​mor·​pho·​sis
plural -es
1
: phylogenetic change involving specialization of the characters of adult organisms and accompanied by decreased capacity for further change
2
: tendency toward racial senescence compare fetalization, paedomorphosis

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from geront- + -morphosis

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“Gerontomorphosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gerontomorphosis. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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