paedomorphosis

noun

pae·​do·​mor·​pho·​sis ˌpē-də-ˈmȯr-fə-səs How to pronounce paedomorphosis (audio)
: phylogenetic change that involves retention of juvenile characters by the adult

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from paed- + Greek morphōsis formation, from morphoun to form, from morphē form

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paedomorphosis was in 1922

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“Paedomorphosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paedomorphosis. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

paedomorphosis

noun
pae·​do·​mor·​pho·​sis
variants or pedomorphosis
plural paedomorphoses -ˌsēz How to pronounce paedomorphosis (audio)
: phylogenetic change that involves retention of juvenile characters by the adult

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