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Related to holometabolous: hemimetabolous, Holometabolous metamorphosis


 (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.


(Zoology) relating to or undergoing holometabolism


(ˌhɒl oʊ mɪˈtæb ə ləs, ˌhoʊ loʊ-)

also hol•o•met•a•bol•ic

(-ˌmɛt əˈbɒl ɪk)

(of an insect) undergoing complete metamorphosis.
hol`o•me•tab′o•lism, hol`o•me•tab′o•ly, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.holometabolous - (of an insect) undergoing complete metamorphosis
metamorphic - characterized by metamorphosis or change in physical form or substance
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