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Pronunciation: lar′vă, lar′vē


  1. The wormlike developmental stage or stages of an insect or helminth that are markedly different from the adult and undergo subsequent metamorphosis; a grub, maggot, or caterpillar.
  2. The second stage in the life cycle of a tick; the stage that hatches from the egg and, following engorgement, molts into the nymph.
  3. The young of fishes or amphibians that often differ in appearance from the adult.

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