hemimetabolous love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Undergoing a metamorphosis that lacks a pupal stage. Used of certain insects.

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  • adj. Exhibiting hemimetabolism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Undergoing partial metamorphosis, as one of the Hemimetabola.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of an insect with aquatic young) undergoing incomplete metamorphosis in which the young does not resemble the adult


hemi- + metabol(ic) + -ous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • 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).

    Artificial Life, Constraint by Design

  • The EcR isoforms were newly identified in 51 species of insects and non-insect arthropods, including direct-developing ametabolous and hemimetabolous insects.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

  • Thus, intensive costly food provisioning of their young is not necessary, especially as young instars are rather independent due to their hemimetabolous development.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles


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