Ovism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ovism (Zoöl) 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 spermatozoön; -- opposed to spermism or animalculism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ovism The doctrine that the egg contains all the organs of the future animal. See incasement.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ov,um + -ism,