The persistence in the reproductively-mature adult of characters usually associated with the immature organism.

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  • neoteny — neoteny. См. неотения. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

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  • neoteny — noun a) The retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult. Most amphibians are aquatic only well young, but some amphibians with neoteny remain aquatic even as adults. b) The sexual maturity of an organism still in its …   Wiktionary

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