hypermetamorphism

hypermetamorphism

[¦hī·pər‚med·ə′mȯr‚fiz·əm]
(invertebrate zoology)
Type of embryological development in certain insects in which one or more stages have been interpolated between the full-grown larva and the adult.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.