Neotenous



[nee-ot-n-ee] /niˈɒt n i/

noun, Biology.
1.
Also called pedogenesis. the production of offspring by an organism in its larval or juvenile form; the elimination of the adult phase of the life cycle.
2.
a slowing of the rate of development with the consequent retention in adulthood of a feature or features that appeared in an earlier phase in the life cycle of ancestral individuals:
Neoteny in the ostrich has resulted in adult birds sporting the down feathers of nestlings.
/nɪˈɒtənɪ/
noun
1.
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
n.

retention of juvenile characteristics in adult life, 1901, from German neotenie (1884), from Greek neos “young” (see new) + teinein “to extend” (see tenet).

neoteny ne·ot·e·ny (nē-ŏt’n-ē)
n.
The attainment of sexual maturity by an organism still in its larval stage.
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