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diapause

noun dia·pause \ˈdī-ə-ˌpz\

Definition of DIAPAUSE

:  a period of physiologically enforced dormancy between periods of activity

Origin of DIAPAUSE

Greek diapausis pause, from diapauein to pause, from dia- + pauein to stop
First Known Use: 1893

diapause

noun dia·pause \ˈdī-ə-ˌpz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DIAPAUSE

:  a period of physiologically enforced dormancy between periods of activity

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