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neoteny

Pronunciation: ne-ot'e-ne

Definition: Prolongation of the larval state, as in the Mexican tiger salamander or axolotl, or in certain termite castes held in the larval stage as future replacements of the queen.

[neo- + G. teino, to stretch]

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