Definition of juvenilize in English:


Syllabification: ju·ve·nil·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈjo͞ovənlˌīz


[with object]
  • 1Make or keep young or youthful; arrest the development of.
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    • Ours is a society, Mintz explains, that isolates and juvenilizes young people more than ever before; they spend much less time with adults who can model and explain the ‘realities’ to them.
    • There is some evidence that MF may have a role in larval development by acting as a hormone that retards development (a juvenilizing factor).
    • Retinoic acid, a retinoid known to regulate vertebrate morphogenesis, has also been found by Nemec et al. to have juvenilizing effects on developing insects and to stimulate vitellogenesis and egg deposition.
  • 1.1 (as adjective juvenilized) Entomology (Of an insect or part of one) having a juvenile appearance or physiology; showing arrested or reversed development.
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    • This resulted in 86% and 92% pupae, respectively, juvenilized to such an extent that eventually no offspring could be produced.
    • In rare cases (0.8%), it developed into a juvenilized pupa.

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