pedomorphism

[ ped-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m or, esp. British, pee-duh- ]
/ ˌpɛd əˈmɔr fɪz əm or, esp. British, ˌpi də- /

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.

Origin of pedomorphism

Related forms

pe·do·mor·phic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for pedomorphism

pedomorphism

[ pē′də-môrfĭz′əm ]

n.

Variant ofpaedomorphism
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