hemimetabolism

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hem·i·me·tab·o·lism

 (hĕm′ē-mə-tăb′ə-lĭz′əm)
[From New Latin Hēmimetabola, former taxonomic group comprising the insects that undergo incomplete metamorphosis : Greek hēmi-, hemi- + metabolos, changeable (from metaballein, to change; see metabolism).]

hem′i·met′a·bol′ic (-mĕt′əbôl′ĭk), hem′i·me·tab′o·lous (-ə-ləs) adj.
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Noun1.hemimetabolism - incomplete or partial metamorphosis in insects
metabolism, metamorphosis - the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals