holometabolous metamorphosis


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holometabolous metamorphosis

[¦häl·ō·mə′tab·ə·ləs ‚med·ə′mȯr·fə·səs]
(invertebrate zoology)
Complete metamorphosis, during which there are four stages; the egg, larva, pupa, and imago or adult.
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