series of stages in the life of an organism (see life stage).
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionarylife cycle (noun)
the series of stages in form and functional activity through which an organism passes between successive recurrences of a specified primary stage
- life history
a series of stages through which something (as an individual, culture, or manufactured product) passes during its lifetime
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life cycle (Wikipedia)
Life cycle, life-cycle, or lifecycle may refer to: