Definition of Diapause

1. Noun. (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) ¹



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Definition of Diapause

1. to undergo dormancy [v -PAUSED, -PAUSING, -PAUSES]

Medical Definition of Diapause

1. A period of biological quiescence or dormancy with decreased metabolism; an interval in which development is arrested or greatly slowed. Origin: dia-+ G. Pausis, pause Embryonic diapause, a diapause in the course of embryogenesis; postulated to occur in instances of double parturition and possibly of delayed implantation. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Diapause

dianium
dianodal
dianoetic
dianoetically
dianoialogy
dianthus
dianthuses
diaoyudaoite
diapase
diapases
diapasm
diapasms
diapason
diapason stop
diapasons
diapause (current term)
diapaused
diapauses
diapausing
diapedeses
diapedesis
diapensia
diapensia family
diapente
diapentes
diaper
diaper dermatitis
diaper lover
diaper rash
diapered

Literary usage of Diapause

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1. The Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science by Iowa Academy of Science (1890)
"diapause eggs are most resistant. The rate of desiccation does not seem to be closely associated with metabolic activity as represented by that fraction of ..."

2. Legumes in Crop Rotations--Bibliography, January 1990-December 1993 by Mary V. Gold (1994)
"Egg diapause ranged from 1 to 4 yr for both populations. ... The percentage of eggs that hatched after prolonged diapause (> 1 chill period) ranged from ..."

3. Biological Control of Insects and Mites: An Introduction to Beneficial by Daniel L. Mahr, Nino M. Ridgway (1993)
"diapause is a more complex form of dormancy that is initiated in response ... diapause may occur in any of the life stages, but the stage is usually fixed ..."

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