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diapause

[dahy-uh-pawz]Zoology
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noun
  1. 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.
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verb (used without object), di·a·paused, di·a·paus·ing.
  1. to undergo diapause.
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Origin of diapause

1890–95; < Greek diápausis; see dia-, pause
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British Dictionary definitions for diapause

diapause

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

C19: from Greek diapausis pause, from diapauein to pause, bring to an end, from dia- + pauein to stop
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diapause in Medicine

diapause

(dīə-pôz′)
n.
  1. 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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