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abort to stop growing before achieving full development. [1/5 definitions]
anal in psychoanalysis, denoting or pertaining to a stage of psychological development characterized by interest in or attention to the anus. [1/2 definitions]
ancient Rome a civilization cultivated by the city-state of Rome from the 8th century B.C.E. through its development as a republic and its collapse as an empire in the 5th century A.D.
anthropology the scientific study of mankind, esp. its origins, development, social customs and structures, and cultures.
antidevelopment combined form of development.
antinuclear opposed to the development, deployment, or use of nuclear devices such as weapons and power plants.
apogamy in botany, the development of a plant from a sporophyte, rather than from a union of gametophytes.
archiblast the outer layer of an embryo in a very early, two-layered stage of development. [1/2 definitions]
artificial intelligence the research in and development of computer programs or computers to initiate human thought processes such as reasoning or decision-making.
athletics (usu. used with a sing. verb) the study and practice of athletic development. [1/2 definitions]
atomic age (often cap.) the period in history characterized by the development and use of atomic energy in the generation of electrical power and for immensely destructive weapons.
autonetics (used with a sing. verb) the science of the use and development of automated devices used for control and guidance.
baby a newly-born or very young child in the first stages of development; infant. [1/11 definitions]
backlash a strong reaction against some prior development, esp. political or social change. [1/3 definitions]
behaviorism in psychology, the doctrine that observable behavior, rather than mental events or consciousness, gives the only valid evidence for study, and that environmental influences predominate in human psychological development.
bildungsroman a novel that concerns itself primarily with the psychological and moral development of the main character, usually from youth into adulthood.
biology the science that is concerned with the growth, development, and functioning of living things. [1/3 definitions]
blastula an embryo in an early stage of development that consists of a single layer of cells forming a hollow sphere.
boom1 a period of rapid development or expansion in a particular sphere. [1/7 definitions]
breeding in genetics, the development or improvement of strains or breeds through the use of controlled fertilization or pollination. [1/3 definitions]
Bronze Age the stage or level of development of human culture that followed the Stone Age and was characterized by the use of bronze tools and weapons; about 3,500 B.C. to 1,000 B.C.