Definition of juvenilize in English:


(British juvenilise)


[with object]
  • 1Make or keep young or youthful; arrest the development of.

    ‘his mother juvenilized him by keeping him dependent on her’
    • ‘Ours is a society, Mintz explains, that isolates and juvenilizes young people more than ever before; they spend much less time with adults who can model and explain the ‘realities’ to them.’
    • ‘Feminised or juvenilised Japanese faces were created by morphing between average male and female adult faces or between average male (female) adult and boy (girl) faces.’
    • ‘There is some evidence that MF may have a role in larval development by acting as a hormone that retards development (a juvenilizing factor).’
    • ‘Our Triops data seem to supports Laufer and colleagues initial ideas that MF may act as a juvenilizing agent in Crustacea.’
    • ‘The existence of juvenilizing factors in insects that prevent metamorphosis to the adult stage was first demonstrated in Rhodnius prolixus by Wigglesworth and later by Williams as well as others.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the book is condescending and juvenilizing.’
    • ‘Retinoic acid, a retinoid known to regulate vertebrate morphogenesis, has also been found by Nemec et al. to have juvenilizing effects on developing insects and to stimulate vitellogenesis and egg deposition.’
    1. 1.1as adjective juvenilizedEntomology (of an insect or part of one) having a juvenile appearance or physiology; showing arrested or reversed development.
      ‘juvenilized larvae’
      • ‘In rare cases (0.8%), it developed into a juvenilized pupa.’
      • ‘This resulted in 86% and 92% pupae, respectively, juvenilized to such an extent that eventually no offspring could be produced.’