adj. [Gr. brephos, embryo]
1. Pertaining to an early stage of development.
The juvenile stage in shell development after protegulum, shown by presence of growth lines; from neanic shells, distinguished by absence of radial ornamentation.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • brephic — breph·ic (brefґik) [breph + ic] pertaining to an early stage of development …   Medical dictionary

  • neanic — adj. [Gr. neanikos, fresh] 1. Being youthful or immature; a stage of development between the brephic and mature. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) The pupal stage. 3. (BRACHIOPODA) A youthful stage when generic characters are beginning to become apparent …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • protegulal node — (BRACHIOPODA) The apical area of the adult shell; site of protegulum and further growth to brephic stage …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • neanic —   a. young; brephic …   Dictionary of difficult words

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