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diapause

[ dahy-uh-pawz ]
/ 藞da瑟 蓹藢p蓴z /
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noun
a period of hormonally controlled quiescence, especially in immature insects, characterized by cessation of growth and reduction of metabolic activity, often occurring seasonally or when environmental conditions are unfavorable.
verb (used without object), di路a路paused, di路a路paus路ing.
to undergo diapause.
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Origin of diapause

1890鈥95; <Greek di谩pausis;see dia-, pause
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British Dictionary definitions for diapause

diapause
/ (藞da瑟蓹藢p蓴藧z) /

noun
a period of suspended development and growth accompanied by decreased metabolism in insects and some other animals. It is correlated with seasonal changes

Word Origin for diapause

C19: from Greek diapausis pause, from diapauein to pause, bring to an end, from dia- + pauein to stop
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Medical definitions for diapause

diapause
[ d墨蓹-p么z鈥 ]

n.
A period during which growth or development is suspended and physiological activity is diminished, as in certain insects in response to adverse environmental conditions.
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