holometabolous metamorphosis

holometabolous metamorphosis
Metamorphosis with a larva, pupa and adult; complete metamorphosis; see paurometabolous.

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  • metamorphosis — /met euh mawr feuh sis/, n., pl. metamorphoses / seez /. 1. Biol. a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly. Cf. complete… …   Universalium

  • Metamorphosis — This article is about the biological process. For other uses, see Metamorphosis (disambiguation). A dragonfly in its final moult, undergoing metamorphosis from its nymph form to an adult. Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal… …   Wikipedia

  • holometabolous — Pertaining to a member of the Holometabola, a series of insect orders in which complex or complete metamorphosis is found. [holo + G. metabole, change] * * * ho·lo·me·tab·o·lous .hō lō mə tab ə ləs, .häl ō adj having complete metamorphosis… …   Medical dictionary

  • holometabolous — adjective Etymology: ultimately from Greek hol + metabolor changeable, from metabolē change more at metabolism Date: 1870 characterized by complete metamorphosis < holometabolous insects > compare hemimetabolous • holometabolism noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • metamorphosis — 1. A change in form, structure, or function. 2. Transition from one developmental stage to another. SYN: allaxis, transformation (1). [G. metamorphasos, transformation fr. meta, beyond, over, + morphe, form] complete m. insect …   Medical dictionary

  • holometabolous — adjective (of an insect) undergoing complete metamorphosis • Syn: ↑holometabolic • Similar to: ↑metamorphic • Derivationally related forms: ↑holometaboly, ↑holometabolism, ↑holometabolism ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • holometabolous — holometabolism, holometaboly, n. /hol oh mi tab euh leuhs, hoh loh /, adj. Entomol. undergoing complete metamorphosis. Also, holometabolic /hol oh met euh bol ik, hoh loh /. [1865 70; HOLO + Gk metabólos; see METABOLISM, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • holometabolous — hol•o•me•tab•o•lous [[t]ˌhɒl oʊ mɪˈtæb ə ləs, ˌhoʊ loʊ [/t]] also hol•o•met•a•bol•ic [[t] ˌmɛt əˈbɒl ɪk[/t]] adj. ent (of an insect) undergoing complete metamorphosis hol o•me•tab′o•lism, hol o•me•tab′o•ly, n …   From formal English to slang

  • holometabolous — An insect that undergoes complete metamorphosis to the adult from a morphologically distinct larval stage …   Glossary of Biotechnology

  • complete metamorphosis — (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) The transformation period encompassing larva, pupa and adult; holometabolous metamorphosis; see incomplete metamorphosis …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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