heterometabolous

[ het-uh-roh-mi-tab-uh-luh s ]
/ ˌhɛt ə roʊ mɪˈtæb ə ləs /

adjective Entomology.

undergoing development in which the young are born adultlike in form, often maturing without a pupal stage.
Also het·er·o·met·a·bol·ic [het-uh-roh-met-uh-bol-ik] /ˌhɛt ə roʊˌmɛt əˈbɒl ɪk/.

Origin of heterometabolous

Related forms

het·er·o·me·tab·o·lism, het·er·o·me·tab·o·ly, noun
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