heterometabolism

heterometabolous

[het-uh-roh-mi-tab-uh-luhs]
adjective Entomology.
undergoing development in which the young are born adultlike in form, often maturing without a pupal stage.
Also, heterometabolic [het-uh-roh-met-uh-bol-ik] .


Origin:
hetero- + metabol(ic) + -ous

heterometabolism, heterometaboly, noun
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heterometabolism

noun
development of insects with incomplete metamorphosis in which no pupal stage precedes maturity 
heterometabolous

adjective
(of an insect) undergoing incomplete metamorphosis in which the nymph is essentially like the adult and there is no pupal stage 
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