Hemimetabolism refers to the incomplete metamorphosis in certain group of insects. These insects develop from embryo, to nymph and finally to adult. There is no pupal stage. The nymph often resembles the adult in which both of them have compound eyes, developed legs and wing stubs visible on the outside.
Word origin: Greek hémi- half + Latin metamorphōsis, from Greek, from metamorphoun, to transform : meta-, meta- + morphē, form.
Related forms: hemimetabolic, hemimetabolous (adjective).