Spermism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spermism (Biol) The theory, formerly held by many, that the sperm or spermatozo√∂n contains the germ of the future embryo; animalculism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spermism The theory or doctrine that the male sperm contains the whole germ of the future animal, which develops entirely from a spermatozoön, the ovum serving merely as a mold or matrix; animalculism. Also spermatism.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. seed, sperm + -ism,