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hemimetabolous Line breaks: hemi|metabol¦ous
Pronunciation: /ˌhɛmɪmɛˈtabələs/

Definition of hemimetabolous in English:


(Of an insect) having no pupal stage in the transition from larva to adult.
Example sentences
  • The immature nymphs of hemimetabolous insects such as the grasshopper or cockroach for instance are born with adult-like morphology.
  • Eye development in hemimetabolous insects such as the grasshopper Schistocerca americana is a repetitive multi-step process which starts in the embryo and extends through postembryogenesis.
  • This second gene is only found in holometabolous insects, Drosophila, and silkworms but not in the more primitive hemimetabolous insects, like grasshoppers or springtails.


Example sentences
  • But there is another form - the hemimetabolic, which historically preceded the complete differentiation between caterpillar and butterfly.
  • Lice are permanent hemimetabolic ectoparasites, a group found strictly on the body of the host, and they are transferred almost exclusively by bodily contact between hosts during care of young and at copulation.
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