designating or of a group of insect orders, as orthopterans or hemipterans, in which
metamorphosis to the adult state from the juvenile state is gradual and without any sudden, radical change of body form
: also ˌpauroˌmetaˈbolic (ˌpɔroʊˌmɛtəˈbɑlɪk
; pôrˌōmetˌəbälˈik) noun
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