animalculism

noun
an·​i·​mal·​cu·​lism | \ -kyəˌlizəm \
plural -s

Definition of animalculism

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 miniature — compare ovism

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First Known Use of animalculism

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Animalculism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animalculism. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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