pedomorphism


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
Related to pedomorphism: neotenous, pedomorphosis

pe·do·mor·phism

(pē'dō-mōr'fizm),
Description of adult behavior in terms appropriate to child behavior.
[G. pais (paid), child, + morphē, form]

pedomorphism

(pē′də-môr′fĭz′əm)
n.
1. See neoteny.
2. The description of the behavior of an adult in terms more appropriate to the description of a child's behavior.

pe′do·mor′phic (-fĭk) adj.

pe·do·mor·phism

(pē'dō-mōr'fizm)
Description of adult behavior in terms appropriate to child behavior.
Synonym(s): paedomorphism.
[G. pais (paid), child, + morphē, form]

pedomorphism

(pē″dō-mor′fĭzm) [Gr. pais, child, + morphe, form, + -ismos, condition]
The retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
This phenomenon is called pedomorphism and is believed to be a feature common to many domestic mammals.
Keywords: anthropomorphism; childhood; trains; pedomorphism; machinery in literature
This "pedomorphism" is especially exemplified in the character Thomas the Tank Engine and the train engines of the newer Chuggington, but there is a broad range of machines that fit this category in children's literature and culture.