- the retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult
- the development of adult features in the juvenile, as the attainment of sexual maturity in some larvae; paedogenesis
Origin of neotenyModern Latin neotenia from neo-, neo- + Classical Greek teinein, to stretch: see tend
- The retention of juvenile characteristics in the adults of a species, as among certain amphibians. Also called pedomorphism . Also called pedomorphosis .
- The attainment of sexual maturity and subsequent reproduction by an organism still in its larval stage. Also called pedogenesis 2.
Origin of neotenyNew Latin neotenia neo- Greek teinein ten- to extend ; see tenesmus .
- ne′o·ten′ic ne·ot′e·nous
From German Neotenie, in turn from Ancient Greek Î½ÎÎ¿Ï‚ (neos, “young") and Ï„ÎµÎ¯Î½ÎµÎ¹Î½ (teinein, “to tense").