Definition of paedomorphic in English:

paedomorphic

adjective

Zoology
  • See paedomorphosis

    • ‘The orthaceans again have a fibrous secondary shell and are presumed to have arisen from some nisuisid stock, possibly by paedomorphic changes affecting pedicle development in particular.’
    • ‘This paedomorphic trend is thought to be related to environmental changes such as the global rise in sea level.’
    • ‘Six extant species in two genera are recognized in this small family of paedomorphic salamanders.’
    • ‘Amphiumas are elongate, paedomorphic, aquatic salamanders that superficially resemble the primitive sirens (Sirenidae).’
    • ‘These extremely paedomorphic crinoids lacked arms, which conduct the feeding in normal crinoids.’