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

Other words from holometabolous

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

First Known Use of holometabolous

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for holometabolous

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

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The first known use of holometabolous was in 1870

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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

Other words from holometabolous

holometabolism \-ˌliz-əm \ noun

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