a period of delayed development or growth accompanied by reduced metabolism and inactivity, esp. in certain insects, snails, etc.
Origin of diapauseClassical Greek diapausis, a pause from diapauein, to bring to an end, pause: see dia- and pause
A period during which growth or development is suspended and physiological activity is diminished, as in certain insects in response to adverse environmental conditions.
Origin of diapauseGreek diapausis pause from diapauein to pause dia- between ; see dia- . pauein to stop