Definition of paedogenesis in English:

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paedogenesis

Pronunciation: /ˌpiːdə(ʊ)ˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/

noun

Zoology
See neoteny.
Example sentences
  • In gall midges a phenomenon of rare occurrence among insects may be observed: larval reproduction, or paedogenesis.
  • In paedogenesis, however, the unfertilized eggs develop much faster than the individual as a whole and mature already during the larval stage.

Derivatives

paedogenetic

adjective
Example sentences
  • In the paedogenetic life cycle, the ovaries differentiate and grow precociously in the early larval stage.
  • In paedogenetic gall midges, if fungal food resources remain plentiful, the larvae will repeat the paedogenetic life cycle.
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