having the developmental stages of an incomplete metamorphosis: the numerous orders of hemimetabolous insects include those of aphids, crickets, cockroaches, dragonflies, and earwigs.
- Also hem·i·met·a·bol·ic [hem-ee-met-uh-bol-ik]. /ˌhɛm iˌmɛt əˈbɒl ɪk/.
- hem·i·me·tab·o·lism, hem·i·me·tab·o·ly, noun
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