am·​phi·​pneus·​tic | \ ¦amfə¦n(y)üstik, -ˌfip¦n- \

Definition of amphipneustic

1 of some amphibians : having both gills and lungs throughout life
2 of an insect larva : having the first and last pair of spiracles functional

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First Known Use of amphipneustic

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amphipneustic

amphi- + Greek pneustikos of or for breathing, from (assumed) Greek pneustos (verbal of Greek pnein to breathe) + Greek -ikos -ic

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“Amphipneustic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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