holopneustic

adjective hol·op·neus·tic \¦häləp¦n(y)üstik, ¦hōl-\

Definition of holopneustic

  1. :  having all the spiracles or tracheal stigmata open —distinguished from apneustic —used of various insects

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Origin and Etymology of holopneustic

International Scientific Vocabulary hol- + -pneustic (from Greek pneustikos of or for breathing, from—assumed—Greek pneustos —verbal of Greek pnein to breathe—+ Greek -ikos -ic) — more at sneeze


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