pae·​do·​mor·​phism ˌpē-də-ˈmȯr-ˌfi-zəm How to pronounce paedomorphism (audio)
: retention in the adult of infantile or juvenile characters

Examples of paedomorphism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There also is evidence that dogs are more inclined to make eye contact than wolves, and data shows humans are moved by infant-like canine features, known as paedomorphism. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, 18 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paedomorphism was circa 1891

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“Paedomorphism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or pedomorphism
: retention in the adult of infantile or juvenile characters
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