heterochronic


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het·e·ro·chron·y

 (hĕt′ə-rō-krŏn′ē)
n.
A change or set of changes in the timing or duration of an organism's ontogenetic development compared with an ancestral species, resulting in morphological differences between ancestor and descendant.

[hetero- + Greek khronos, time + -y.]

het′e·ro·chron′ic, het′e·ro·chron′ous adj.

heterochronic

(ˌhɛtərəʊˈkrɒnɪk) or

heterochronous

adj
(Biology) biology occurring at different times or stages