Animalculism
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 contains the whole of the embryo; spermatism; -- opposed to {ovism}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • animalculism — animalculísm s. n. Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  ANIMALCULÍSM s. n. preformism. (< fr. animalculisme) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • animalculism — an·i·mal·cu·lism …   English syllables

  • 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

  • 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

  • Animalculist — An i*mal cu*list, n. [Cf. F. animalculiste.] 1. One versed in the knowledge of animalcules. Keith. [1913 Webster] 2. A believer in the theory of animalculism. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spermism — Sperm ism, n. [Gr. ? seed, sperm + ism.] (Biol.) The theory, formerly held by many, that the sperm or spermatozo[ o]n contains the germ of the future embryo; animalculism. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preformism — PREFORMÍSM s.n. Teorie biologică potrivit căreia dezvoltarea unui individ constă într o simplă creştere în dimensiuni a unei structuri existente în germen. – Din germ. Präformismus. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 08.04.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  preformísm s.… …   Dicționar Român

  • animalculist — lə̇st noun ( s) 1. : a specialist in animalcules 2. : one that accepts animalculism …   Useful english dictionary

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