heterometabolism

noun
het·​ero·​metabolism | \ "+\
variants: or less commonly heterometaboly \ "+ \

Definition of heterometabolism

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

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History and Etymology for heterometabolism

heter- + metabolism or metaboly

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