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  • adj. Pertaining to, or undergoing, holometabolism

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as holometabolic.

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  • adj. (of an insect) undergoing complete metamorphosis


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  • Development can be ametabolous, paurometabolous, or holometabolous.


  • Coleopterans are holometabolous group, meaning that its members all transform from larvae to adults via a pupal stage.

    Insecta (Aquatic)

  • "The honeybee immune system, like other species of holometabolous insects, depends on two main categories of defense reactions: the cell-mediated responses such as phagocytosis and encapsulation of foreign objects, and cell-free defense mechanisms represented by the anti-microbial immune proteins" (Response of the Apoidea to fungal infections by Glinski and Buczek - PDF format).

    Bee nonsense

  • PUPA - The nonfeeding stage between the larva and adult in the metamorphosis of holometabolous insects, during which the larva typically undergoes complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case.

    Defining Ourselves

  • Although distinct physiologic functions of the EcR isoforms have been characterized in higher holometabolous insects, they remain unclear in basal direct-developing insects, in which only A isoform has been identified.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

  • In addition, the EcR-B1 isoform of holometabolous insects had a novel microdomain at the N-terminal end.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

  • Moreover, the novel microdomain in the isoform-specific region of the holometabolous insect EcR-B1 isoform suggests that the holometabolous insect EcR-B1 acquired additional transcriptional regulation mechanisms.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

  • As with all holometabolous insects, the silkworm has four distinctive developmental stages in its life cycle, including egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • They certainly aren’t very closely related to holometabolous insects, the insects that undergo complete metamorphosis–beetles, wasps, ants, house flies, butterflies, moths, etc.

    Behe and bugs: Genesis of a Creationist canard? - The Panda's Thumb


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