holometabolous

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hol·o·me·tab·o·lous

(hol'ō-me-tab'ŏ-lŭs),
Pertaining to a member of the Holometabola, a series of insect orders in which complex or complete metamorphosis is found.
[holo- + G. metabolē, change]

holometabolous

characteristic of insects in the Diptera family consisting of egg, up to three larval stages, pupa and an adult stage which differs markedly from the earlier stages.