Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as metabasis, 2.
  • Insects winch undergo complete or entire metamorphosis or transformation, as the Diptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, and Hymenoptera: in contradistinction to the Heterometabola.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) A comprehensive group of insects, including those that undegro a metamorphosis.
  • noun (Med.) A change or mutation; a change of disease, symptoms, or treatment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun plural (entomology) Insects that metamorphose.
  • noun medicine A change or mutation of disease, symptoms, or treatment.

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

  • noun insects that undergo complete metamorphosis

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek μεταβολή (metabolē, "change"); μετά (meta, "beyond") + βολέω (boleō, "throw").

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