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holometabolous

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adjective ho·lo·me·tab·o·lous \ˌhō-lō-mə-ˈta-bə-ləs, ˌhä-\

Definition of holometabolous

  1. :  characterized by complete metamorphosis <holometabolous insects> — compare hemimetabolous

holometabolism

play \-ˌli-zəm\ noun


Origin and Etymology of holometabolous

ultimately from Greek hol- + metabolor changeable, from metabolē change — more at metabolism


First Known Use: 1870


Medical Dictionary

holometabolous

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adjective ho·lo·me·tab·o·lous \ˌhō-lō-mə-ˈtab-ə-ləs, ˌhäl-ō-\

Medical Definition of holometabolous

  1. :  having complete metamorphosis <holometabolous insects>—compare hemimetabolous

holometabolism

\-ˌliz-əm\play noun



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