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Related to diapause: aestivation
A period during which growth or development is suspended and physiological activity is diminished, as in certain insects in response to adverse environmental conditions.
[Greek diapausis, pause, from diapauein, to pause : dia-, between; see dia- + pauein, to stop.]
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(Zoology) a period of suspended development and growth accompanied by decreased metabolism in insects and some other animals. It is correlated with seasonal changes
[C19: from Greek diapausis pause, from diapauein to pause, bring to an end, from dia- + pauein to stop]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., v. -paused, -paus•ing. n.
1. a period of hormonally controlled quiescence characterized by cessation of growth and reduction of metabolic activity.v.i.
2. to undergo diapause.
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a period of rest or quiescence between phases of growth or reproduction.See also: Biology
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