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pedomorphosis

Syllabification: ped·o·mor·pho·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌpēdəˈmôrfəsəs
 
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Definition of pedomorphosis in English:

noun

Zoology
See neoteny.
Example sentences
  • Facultative paedomorphosis occurs in most species, though individuals in these species usually metamorphose fully into terrestrial adults with robust bodies and limbs, broad heads, and laterally-flattened tails.
  • Germ layers, homology, larval evolution, larval origins of the vertebrates, paedomorphosis and heterochrony underpinned the origins of evolutionary embryology, and so I discuss each of these topics.
  • By comparison to other squamates, this morphology indicates skeletal paedomorphosis that is common in secondarily marine reptiles.

Origin

from pedo-1 + -morph + -osis.

Derivatives

pedomorphic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • For a hundred years or more people have talked about the idea that humans might be a pedomorphic species.

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