animalculism

noun an·i·mal·cu·lism \-kyəˌlizəm\

Definition of animalculism

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a former theory in biology: various obscure physiological and pathological phenomena are caused by the activities of minute invisible animals

  2. 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


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