holometabolism


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hol·o·me·tab·o·lism

 (hŏl′ō-mə-tăb′ə-lĭz′əm, hō′lō-)
[From New Latin Holometabola, former taxonomic group comprising the insects that undergo complete metamorphosis : Greek holo-, holo- + metabolos, changeable (from metaballein, to change; see metabolism).]

hol′o·met′a·bol′ic (-mĕt′ə-bŏl′ĭk), hol′o·me·tab′o·lous (-mə-tăb′ə-ləs) adj.

holometabolism

(ˌhɒləʊmɪˈtæbəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Zoology) the complete process of metamorphosis in which an insect develops through all four stages, as embryo, larva, pupa and imago
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Noun1.holometabolism - complete metamorphosis in insects
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
metabolism, metamorphosis - the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals