hemimetabolous

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adjective hemi·me·tab·o·lous \ˌhe-mi-mə-ˈta-bə-ləs\

Definition of hemimetabolous

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

Origin and Etymology of hemimetabolous

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


First Known Use: 1870


Medical Dictionary

hemimetabolous

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adjective hemi·me·tab·o·lous \-mə-ˈtab-ə-ləs\

Medical Definition of hemimetabolous

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


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