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[From New Latin Isoptera, order name : Greek īsos, equal + Greek pteron, wing (from the equal length of the two pairs of wings borne by a swarming adult termite ).]

i·sop′ter·an, i·sop′ter·ous (-tər-əs) adj.


(Zoology) zoology a member of the order Isoptera which includes social, colonizing insects such as termites
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Adj.1.isopteran - relating to or characteristic of insects of the order Isoptera
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2009a) we hypothesized that the differences in susceptibility resulted from the type of habitat in which each termite species had evolved; and specific physiological changes may have occurred during the radiation of the isopteran lineage (Rosengaus et al.
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marmorata consumed isopterans most often (65 and 78%, respectively), followed by homopterans (33 and 22%), coleopterans (30 and 56%), orthopterans (27 and 33%), and arachnids (20 and 44%).