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[ap-noo-stik, -nyoo-]
adjective Entomology.
  1. having no open spiracles, as the tracheal systems of certain aquatic insect larvae.
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Origin of apneustic

a-6 + Greek pneustikós pertaining to breathing, equivalent to *pneust(os) (verbid of pneîn to breathe) + -ikos -ic
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Historical Examples of apneustic

  • Apneustic: without an open tracheal system; respiration is through the skin or through tracheal gills.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for apneustic


  1. of or relating to apneusis
  2. (of certain animals) having no specialized organs for respiration
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