1. a period of hormonally controlled quiescence, especially in immature insects, characterized by cessation of growth and reduction of metabolic activity, often occurring seasonally or when environmental conditions are unfavorable.

verb (used without object), di·a·paused, di·a·paus·ing.

  1. to undergo diapause.


  1. a period of suspended development and growth accompanied by decreased metabolism in insects and some other animals. It is correlated with seasonal changes


  1. 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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