(zoology) The process by which insects development through life stages -- as, for example, those of embryo, larva, pupa and imago. The life cycle of the butterfly is one of complete metamorphosis, in which the embryo grows within the egg, hatches into the larval stage caterpillar, enters the pupal stage within its chrysalis, and finally emerges as an adult butterfly imago.
Other Word Forms of Metamorphism
Origin of Metamorphism
From metamorphosis +"Ž -ism, after French métamorphisme.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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