[ped-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m or, esp. British, pee-duh-]

noun Biology.

a speeding up of the rate of development, resulting in an adult form that has the appearance of its larval or juvenile ancestor.

Nearby words

  1. pedology,
  2. pedometer,
  3. pedometrical,
  4. pedometrically,
  5. pedomorph,
  6. pedomorphosis,
  7. pedon,
  8. pedophile,
  9. pedophilia,
  10. pedophiliac

Origin of pedomorphism

Related formspe·do·mor·phic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for pedomorphism




Variant ofpaedomorphism

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