n. [Gr. meta, after; theein, to run; telos, end]
1. A neotenous adult arthropod after undergoing normal or more than normal numbers of molts.
2. In Insecta, often resulting in failure to develop wings, or forming brachypterous adults.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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