Diapause meaning

dīə-pôz
(biology) A temporary pause in the growth and development of an organism due to adverse environmental conditions (especially in insects and in the embryos of many of the oviparous species of fish in the order Cyprinodontiformes)
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A period during which growth or development is suspended and physiological activity is diminished, as in certain insects in response to adverse environmental conditions.
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A period of delayed development or growth accompanied by reduced metabolism and inactivity, esp. in certain insects, snails, etc.
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A period during which growth or development is suspended and physiological activity is diminished, as in certain insects in response to adverse environmental conditions.
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Origin of diapause

  • Greek diapausis pause from diapauein to pause dia- between dia– pauein to stop

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition