paedomorphosis

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

Nearby words

  1. parallactic motion,
  2. parallax,
  3. parallax test,
  4. parallel,
  5. parallel bars,
  6. parallel cousin,
  7. parallel cousin marriage,
  8. parallel evolution,
  9. parallel forces,
  10. parallel importing

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Medicine 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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