premolt

noun
pre·molt | \ ˌprē-ˈmōlt \
variants: or less commonly pre-molt

Definition of premolt 

: the period before an animal molts its skin, exoskeleton, shell, etc. Secretion of a crustacean's new exoskeleton begins during premolt while the animal is still stuffed inside the old one, filling available space to capacity. —Mark W. Denny and Steven Dean Gaines

Other words from premolt

premolt or less commonly pre-molt adjective
the premolt phase premolt tarantulas

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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