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- adj. Alternative form of ametabolic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ametabolic; not subject to metamorphosis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. undergoing slight or no metamorphosis
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Of course, you cannot rewire an organisms because of all the dependencies (although many evolutionists think this is very simple, e.g. from a ametabolous insect to a holo - or hemimetabolous insect).
Where a word has more than one ending, the difference is given after a hyphen which represents the stem word: e.g. ametabola - ous; the latter in place of ametabolous, which indicates the possession of the characters peculiar to the ametabola.
Development can be ametabolous, paurometabolous, or holometabolous.
The EcR isoforms were newly identified in 51 species of insects and non-insect arthropods, including direct-developing ametabolous and hemimetabolous insects.