Hymenoptera

noun plural
Hy·​me·​nop·​tera | \ ˌhī-mə-ˈnäp-tə-rə How to pronounce Hymenoptera (audio) \

Medical Definition of Hymenoptera

: an order of highly specialized insects with complete metamorphosis that include the bees, wasps, ants, ichneumon flies, sawflies, gall wasps, and related forms, that often associate in large colonies with complex social organization, and that have usually four membranous wings and the abdomen generally borne on a slender pedicel

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“Hymenoptera.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Hymenoptera. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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