instar

noun
in·​star | \ ˈin-ˌstär How to pronounce instar (audio) \

Definition of instar

: a stage in the life of an arthropod (such as an insect) between two successive molts also : an individual in a specified instar

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There are five instars (that is, stages of development resulting in skin shedding) of the nymphs. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cool, rainy spring prompts alert for fire blight on Valley trees, plants | Idaho Statesman," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of instar

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for instar

New Latin, from Latin, equivalent

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The first known use of instar was in 1895

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instar

noun
in·​star | \ ˈin-ˌstär How to pronounce instar (audio) \

Medical Definition of instar

: a stage in the life of an arthropod (as an insect) between two successive molts also : an individual in a specified instar

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