pae·​do·​mor·​phism | \ ˌpē-də-ˈmȯr-ˌfi-zəm How to pronounce paedomorphism (audio) \

Definition of paedomorphism

: 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, "Why you think your dog loves you," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of paedomorphism

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Paedomorphism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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variants: or pedomorphism \ -​ˌfiz-​əm How to pronounce paedomorphism (audio) \

Medical Definition of paedomorphism

: retention in the adult of infantile or juvenile characters

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