Ovism
Ovism O"vism, n. [Ovum + -ism.] (Zo["o]l.) The old theory that the egg contains the whole embryo of the future organism and the germs of all subsequent offsprings and is merely awakened to activity by the spermatozo["o]n; -- opposed to {spermism} or {animalculism}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • ovism — OVÍSM s.n. Teorie biologică depăşită, care consideră că oul este purtătorul caracterelor viitorului organism. [< fr. ovisme]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 02.07.2005. Sursa: DN  OVÍSM s. n. concepţie biologică eronată care consideră că oul este… …   Dicționar Român

  • ovism — ˈōvizəm noun ( s) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary ov + ism : an old theory that the egg contains the whole embryo of the future organism and the germs of all subsequent offspring compare animalculism * * * ovism Biol. (ˈəʊvɪz(ə)m)… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Preformationism — is the theory that all organisms were created at the same time, and that succeeding generations grow from homunculi, animalcules, or other fully formed but miniature versions of themselves that have existed since the beginning of creation.In the… …   Wikipedia

  • Animalculism — An i*mal cu*lism, n. [Cf. F. animalculisme.] 1. (Biol.) The theory which seeks to explain certain physiological and pathological phenomena by means of animalcules. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) The theory that the spermatozo[ o]n and not the ovum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ovist — O vist, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A believer in ovism. Same as {Ovulist}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • animalculism — kyəˌlizəm noun ( s) 1. : a former theory in biology: various obscure physiological and pathological phenomena are caused by the activities of minute invisible animals 2. : a former theory in biology: the spermatozoon contains the whole embryo in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ovist — ˈōvə̇st noun ( s) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary ov + ist : one holding the theory of ovism …   Useful english dictionary

  • ovistic — (ˈ)ō|vistik adjective : of or relating to ovism or ovists …   Useful english dictionary

  • seminist — ˈsemənə̇st noun ( s) Etymology: Latin semin , semen + English ist : an adherent of the old theory that the offspring is formed by admixture of the seed of the male with the supposed seed of the female compare ovism, spermism …   Useful english dictionary

  • spermism — ˈspərˌmizəm noun ( s) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary sperm + ism : a theory formerly widely held in biology: the sperm contains the preformed germ of the embryo compare ovism …   Useful english dictionary

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