incomplete metamorphosis

noun
insect development, as in the grasshopper and cricket, in which the change is gradual and characterized by the absence of a pupal stage. Compare complete metamorphosis.
Also called imperfect metamorphosis.
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Insects undergo either complete or incomplete metamorphosis throughout their
  life cycles.
Termites go through incomplete metamorphosis with egg, nymph, and adult stages.
Organisms that undergo incomplete metamorphosis are called nymphs and lack the
  pupa stage in their life cycle.
They are complete metamorphosis, incomplete metamorphosis and direct
  development.
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