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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heter- + metabolism or metaboly

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