neoteny

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From German Neotenie, in turn from Ancient Greek νέος (neos, young) and τείνειν (teinein, to tense).

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neoteny (uncountable)

  1. (biology) The retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult.
    Most amphibians are aquatic only while young, but some amphibians with neoteny remain aquatic even as adults.
  2. (biology) The sexual maturity of an organism still in its larval stage.

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