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noun (1)


less common spelling of paedogenesis

: reproduction by young or larval animals : neoteny


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noun (2)

ped·​o·​gen·​e·​sis ˌpe-də-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce pedogenesis (audio)
: the formation and development of soil
pedogenic adjective
or less commonly pedogenetic

Word History


Noun (2)

New Latin, from Greek pedon + Latin genesis

First Known Use

Noun (2)

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pedogenesis was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Pedogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

pedogenesis, pedogenetic

variant of paedogenesis, paedogenetic

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