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heterometabolous

[het-uh-roh-mi-tab-uh-luh s] /ˌhɛt ə roʊ mɪˈtæb ə ləs/
adjective, Entomology
1.
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] /ˌhɛt ə roʊˌmɛt əˈbɒl ɪk/ (Show IPA)
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heterometabolism, heterometaboly, noun
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