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instar1

[in-stahr] /ˈɪn stɑr/
noun
1.
an insect in any one of its periods of postembryonic growth between molts.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Neo-Latin, Latin īnstar equivalent, counterpart

instar2

[in-stahr] /ɪnˈstɑr/
verb (used with object), instarred, instarring.
1.
to set with or as if with stars.
2.
Archaic.
  1. to place as a star.
  2. to make a star of.
Origin
1585-95; in-1 + star
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Examples for instar
  • It was in its fifth and last instar, or molting stage, and thus not far from pupating.
  • instar number significantly impacted total development time and was also significantly correlated with stadia length.
British Dictionary definitions for instar

instar

/ˈɪnstɑː/
noun
1.
the stage in the development of an insect between any two moults
Word Origin
C19: New Latin from Latin: image
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instar in Medicine

instar in·star2 (ĭn'stär')
n.
Any of the successive nymphal stages in the metamorphosis of insects or the stages of larval change by successive molts.

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