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the study of the character, growth, and development of children


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  • Paedomorph

    paedomorph pae·do·morph or pe·do·morph (pē’də-môrf’) n. An organism that retains juvenile characteristics in the adult form.

  • Paedomorphism

    paedomorphism pae·do·mor·phism or pe·do·mor·phism (pē’də-môr’fĭz’əm) n. pae’do·mor’phic (-fĭk) adj.

  • Paedomorphosis

    /ˌpiːdəˈmɔːfəsɪs/ noun 1. the resemblance of adult animals to the young of their ancestors: seen in the evolution of modern man, who shows resemblances to the young stages of australopithecines paedomorphosis pae·do·mor·pho·sis or pe·do·mor·pho·sis (pē’də-môr’fə-sĭs) n. pl. pae·do·mor·pho·ses (-sēz’) Phylogenetic change in which juvenile characteristics are retained in the adult form of an organism.

  • Paedophile

    [ped-uh-fahyl or, esp. British, pee-duh-] /ˈpɛd əˌfaɪl or, esp. British, ˈpi də-/ noun, Psychiatry. 1. an adult who is sexually attracted to young children. /ˈpiːdəʊˌfaɪl/ noun 1. a person who is sexually attracted to children n. see pedophile; also cf. pedo-. n. 1951, derived noun from pedophilia.

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