heterochrony

noun

het·​er·​och·​ro·​ny -ˈräk-rə-nē How to pronounce heterochrony (audio)
plural heterochronies
1
: deviation from the typical embryological sequence of formation of organs and parts as a factor in evolution
2
: irregularity in time relationships
specifically : the existence of differences in chronaxies among functionally related tissue elements
heterochronous adjective

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“Heterochrony.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/heterochrony. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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