variants or less commonly heterometaboly
of insects
: development with incomplete or direct metamorphosis in which the young nymph is fundamentally like the adult and no pupal stage precedes maturity
distinguished from holometabolism
compare hemimetabolism

Word History


heter- + metabolism or metaboly

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“Heterometabolism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterometabolism. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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