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1. The retention of juvenile characteristics in the adults of a species, as among certain amphibians. Also called pedomorphism, pedomorphosis.
2. The attainment of sexual maturity and subsequent reproduction by an organism still in its larval stage. Also called pedogenesis2.

[New Latin neotenia : neo- + Greek teinein, ten-, to extend; see tenesmus.]

ne′o·ten′ic (nē′ə-tĕn′ĭk, -tē′nĭk), ne·ot′e·nous (-ŏt′n-əs) adj.
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Adj.1.neotenous - of or relating to or characterized by neoteny; "neotenic development"
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Goetz, Keltner, and Simon-Thomas (2010) proposed that to guarantee the care needed for the survival of vulnerable offspring, several adaptations were shaped over our species' evolutionary history: (a) an effective response to neotenous cues and distress vocalizations; (b) specific tactile behaviors such as skin-to-skin contact; (c) attachment-related behaviors; and (d) the possibility to experience compassionate emotion.
The presence of the byssus in the adult represents the persistence of a postlarval organ, i.e., that the animals possessing it are in this respect neotenous or paedomorphic (Yonge 1962).
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In Growing Young, Ashley Montagu declares that neoteny's "ramifications for the future of each of us and of humanity in general are so staggering that an understanding of it should be a part of everyone's equipment" and that education should "cultivate the child's neotenous traits" (1981, 1, 223).
Aerobic glycolysis in the human brain is associated with development and neotenous gene expression.