neoteny[nē ät′'n ē]
- 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, pedomorphosis.
- The attainment of sexual maturity and subsequent reproduction by an organism still in its larval stage. Also called pedogenesis2.
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 νέος (neos, “young”) and τείνειν (teinein, “to tense”).