[ped-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m or, esp. British, pee-duh-]
a speeding up of the rate of development, resulting in an adult form that has the appearance of its larval or juvenile ancestor.
Compare neoteny(def 2).
Origin of pedomorphism
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