Definition of Neoteny in English :

Define Neoteny in English

Neoteny meaning in English

Meaning of Neoteny in English

Pronunciation of Neoteny in English

Neoteny pronunciation in English

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1. neoteny

an evolutionary trend to be born earlier so that development is cut off at an earlier stage and juvenile characteristics are retained in adults of the species

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see synonyms of neoteny
the persistence of larval or fetal features in the adult form of an animal. For example, the adult axolotl, a salamander, retains larval external gills
See also paedogenesis

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noun Zoology
the retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult
the development of adult features in the juvenile, as the attainment of sexual maturity in some larvae; paedogenesis

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1. The retention of juvenile characteristics in the adults of a species, as among certain amphibians. Also called pedomorphism, pedomorphosis.
2. The attainment of sexual maturity and subsequent reproduction by an organism still in its larval stage. Also called pedogenesis2.

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