transitive verb
ju·​ve·​nil·​ize | \ ˈjüvənᵊlˌīz, -vnəl- \

Definition of juvenilize

: to restrain from normal development and maturation : prolong the immaturity of chemicals that juvenilize insect larvae

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Other Words from juvenilize

juvenilization \ ˌjüvənᵊlə̇ˈzāshən , -​vnəl-​ , -​ᵊlˌīˈz-​ \ noun, plural -s

History and Etymology for juvenilize

juvenile + -ize

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“Juvenilize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenilize. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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