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[dahy-uh-pawz] /ˈdaɪ əˌpɔz/ Zoology
a period of hormonally controlled quiescence, especially in immature insects, characterized by cessation of growth and reduction of metabolic activity, often occurring seasonally or when environmental conditions are unfavorable.
verb (used without object), diapaused, diapausing.
to undergo diapause.
Origin of diapause
1890-95; < Greek diápausis; see dia-, pause Unabridged
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  • But boll weevil females without access to cotton, resorb their eggs and enter into reproductive diapause.
British Dictionary definitions for diapause


a period of suspended development and growth accompanied by decreased metabolism in insects and some other animals. It is correlated with seasonal changes
Word Origin
C19: from Greek diapausis pause, from diapauein to pause, bring to an end, from dia- + pauein to stop
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diapause in Medicine

diapause di·a·pause (dī'ə-pôz')
A period during which growth or development is suspended and physiological activity is diminished, as in certain insects in response to adverse environmental conditions.

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