AskDefine | Define holometabolism

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holometabolism n : complete metamorphosis in insects [syn: holometaboly]

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English

Noun

  1. The complete metamorphosis of an insect

Extensive Definition

Holometabolism, also called complete metamorphism, is a term applied to insect groups to describe the specific kind of insect development which includes four life stages - as an embryo, a larva, a pupa and an imago. For example, in the life cycle of a butterfly, the embryo grows within the egg, hatching into the larval stage caterpillar, before entering the pupal stage within its chrysalis and finally emerging as an adult butterfly imago.
The superorder Endopterygota groups holometabolic insects. Orders in the superorder are :

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holometabolism in Bosnian: Kompletna metamorfoza
holometabolism in Catalan: Holometabolia
holometabolism in Estonian: Täismoone
holometabolism in Spanish: Holometabolismo
holometabolism in Icelandic: Fullkomin myndbreyting
holometabolism in Dutch: Volledige gedaanteverwisseling
holometabolism in Polish: Przeobrażenie zupełne owadów
holometabolism in Simple English: Complete metamorphosis
holometabolism in Chinese: 完全变态
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