heterometabolous

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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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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