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 (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.
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(Zoology) having or undergoing holometabolism
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Adj.1.holometabolic - (of an insect) undergoing complete metamorphosis
metamorphic - characterized by metamorphosis or change in physical form or substance
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The leafminer is a holometabolic insect, being the egg and larva stages inside the leaf, the pupa stage into the soil, and the adult is free (PARRELLA, 1987).
Larval morphology is of particular interest in holometabolic insects such as beetles (Kilian 1998; Borowiec & Swietojanska 2003) and butterflies (Kitching 1984, 1985) as different expressions of the same genotype can complement the morphological characters of adults (Alarie & Watts 2004; Grebennikov 2004; Ashe 2005).