One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- see neoteny
- ‘In paedogenesis, however, the unfertilized eggs develop much faster than the individual as a whole and mature already during the larval stage.’
- ‘In gall midges a phenomenon of rare occurrence among insects may be observed: larval reproduction, or paedogenesis.’
Late 19th century: from paedo- + genesis.
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