gerontomorphosis

noun
ge·​ron·​to·​mor·​pho·​sis
plural -es

Definition of gerontomorphosis

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

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History and Etymology for gerontomorphosis

New Latin, from geront- + -morphosis

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“Gerontomorphosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gerontomorphosis. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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