paedomorphosis

/ (ˌpiːdəˈmɔːfəsɪs) /

noun

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

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Medical definitions for paedomorphosis

paedomorphosis

n. pl. pae•do•mor•pho•ses (-sēz′)

Phylogenetic change in which juvenile characteristics are retained in the adult form of an organism.
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