Meaning of neotenic in English:

neotenic

Pronunciation /niːəˈtɛnɪk/

adjective

Zoology

See neoteny

‘However, the young man can take advantage of the fact that older men are also of the generation before, who are less neotenic and look more like apes.’
  • ‘Direct-developing and normal biphasic frogs have slightly larger genomes, followed by biphasic, then direct-developing, and finally facultatively and then obligately neotenic salamanders.’
  • ‘Sermonti therefore argues that neotenic organisms - in which juvenile traits persist into adulthood, e.g. gills in adult salamanders - must be archaic, because their features appear earlier in development.’
  • ‘Humans are neotenic apes, ostriches are neotenic birds; we retain useful infantile characteristics into adulthood.’
  • ‘This certainly appears to be the case in neotenic salamanders, for example.’