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ametabolic

[ey-met-uh-bol-ik]
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adjective Zoology.
  1. undergoing slight or no metamorphosis.
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Also a·me·tab·o·lous [ey-muh-tab-uh-luh s] /ˌeɪ məˈtæb ə ləs/.

Origin of ametabolic

First recorded in 1865–70; a-6 + metabolic
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Historical Examples

  • Like most ametabolic and hemimetabolic Hexapoda, such nymphs continue to move and feed throughout their lives.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for ametabolic

ametabolic

adjective
  1. (of certain insects) having no obvious metamorphosis
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