hemimetabolous

adjective

hemi·​me·​tab·​o·​lous ˌhe-mi-mə-ˈta-bə-ləs How to pronounce hemimetabolous (audio)
: characterized by incomplete metamorphosis
hemimetabolous insects
compare holometabolous

Examples of hemimetabolous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hemimetabolous species, as well as some of the holometabolous species such as the honey bees, have the same diet throughout their lives. Popular Science, 20 Oct. 2020 And don’t go killing off any more of those high-protein hemimetabolous insects that converge on in the outfield grass after the big stadium lights go out. Tom Hoffarth, Orange County Register, 14 Apr. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

ultimately from Greek hemi- + metabolos changeable, from metabolē change — more at metabolism

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hemimetabolous was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Hemimetabolous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemimetabolous. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

hemimetabolous

adjective
hemi·​me·​tab·​o·​lous -mə-ˈtab-ə-ləs How to pronounce hemimetabolous (audio)
: characterized by incomplete metamorphosis
hemimetabolous insects
compare holometabolous
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