holometabolous

adjective ho·lo·me·tab·o·lous \ ˌhō-lō-mə-ˈta-bə-ləs , ˌhä- \

Definition of holometabolous

: characterized by complete metamorphosis
  • holometabolous insects
— compare hemimetabolous

holometabolism

play \ˌhō-lō-mə-ˈta-bə-ˌli-zəm, ˌhä-\ noun

Origin and Etymology of holometabolous

ultimately from Greek hol- + metabolor changeable, from metabolē change — more at metabolism


Medical Dictionary

holometabolous

adjective ho·lo·me·tab·o·lous \ ˌhō-lō-mə-ˈtab-ə-ləs , ˌhäl-ō- \

medical Definition of holometabolous

: having complete metamorphosis
  • holometabolous insects
— compare hemimetabolous

holometabolism

play \-ˌliz-əm\ noun

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