from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Zoology A period during which growth or development is suspended and physiological activity is diminished, as in certain insects in response to adverse environmental conditions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A temporary pause in the growth and development of an organism due to adverse environmental conditions (especially in insects and in the embryos of many of the oviparous species of fish in the order Cyprinodontiformes)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In embryology, the stage of quiescence which separates two blastokinetic movements in the insect embryo.
Greek diapausis, pause, from diapauein, to pause : dia-, between; see dia- + pauein, to stop.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)