- 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.
- to undergo diapause.
Origin of diapause
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- a period of suspended development and growth accompanied by decreased metabolism in insects and some other animals. It is correlated with seasonal changes
C19: from Greek diapausis pause, from diapauein to pause, bring to an end, from dia- + pauein to stop
- 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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