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[ih-mey-goh, ih-mah-] /ɪˈmeɪ goʊ, ɪˈmɑ-/
noun, plural imagoes, imagines
[ih-mey-guh-neez, ih-mah-] /ɪˈmeɪ gəˌniz, ɪˈmɑ-/ (Show IPA)
Entomology. an adult insect.
Psychoanalysis. an idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.
Origin of imago
1790-1800; < New Latin, Latin imāgō; see image Unabridged
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noun (pl) imagoes, imagines (ɪˈmædʒəˌniːz)
an adult sexually mature insect produced after metamorphosis
(psychoanal) an idealized image of another person, usually a parent, acquired in childhood and carried in the unconscious in later life
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from Latin: likeness; see image
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Word Origin and History for imago

1797, from Latin imago "image" (see image).

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imago in Medicine

imago i·ma·go (ĭ-mā'gō, ĭ-mä'-)
n. pl. i·ma·goes or i·ma·gi·nes (-gə-nēz')

  1. An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis.

  2. An often idealized image of a person, usually a parent, formed in childhood and persisting unconsciously into adulthood.

  3. See archetype.

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imago in Science
Plural imagoes or imagines (ĭ-mā'gə-nēz')
An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis. Compare larva, nymph, pupa.

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