[ in-kuhm-pleetmet-uh-mawr-fuh-sis ]
/ ɪn kəmˈplit mɛt əˈmɔr fə sɪs /
insect development, as in the grasshopper and cricket, in which the change is gradual and characterized by the absence of a pupal stage.
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Also called im·per·fect met·a·mor·pho·sis, [im-pur-fikt met-uh-mawr-fuh-sis] /ɪmˈpɜr fɪkt mɛt əˈmɔr fə sɪs/ hemimetabolism .
Compare complete metamorphosis.
Origin of incomplete metamorphosis
First recorded in 1770–75
Words nearby incomplete metamorphosis
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