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anthropology the scientific study of humankind. People who study anthropology learn about the origins and development of human beings and their societies and customs.
civilization an advanced state of development of a society as judged by such things as having a system of government and laws, using a written language, and keeping written records. [1/2 definitions]
developmental occurring in the process of development. [1/2 definitions]
foster to aid and encourage the growth or development of. [1/2 definitions]
genetics (used with a singular verb) the science that studies how characteristics are passed on from parent to offspring. Genetics is concerned with the influence of genes on the appearance, development, and evolution of plants and animals.
grow to become larger by natural development; increase. [1/5 definitions]
latest the most recent news, development, information, or the like (usually preceded by "the"). [1/3 definitions]
mature to come to full or complete physical development. [1/4 definitions]
phase a particular stage in a cycle of development or process of change. [1/2 definitions]
pupa an insect in a middle stage of its development, after it is a larva. Pupas do not eat or move; they are changing into their adult form. Many kinds of insects, including butterflies, spend their time as a pupa inside a cocoon.
stage a separate period or step in a process of growth or development. [1/4 definitions]