animalculist

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From animalcule +‎ -ist.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

animalculist (plural animalculists)

  1. (now historical) A believer in the theory that the embryo exists preformed within the spermatozoon; a proponent of animalculism. [from 18th c.]
  2. (obsolete) Someone who studies animalcules. [19th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Keith to this entry?)

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Adjective[edit]

animalculist (comparative more animalculist, superlative most animalculist)

  1. (now historical) Pertaining to animalculism. [from 19th c.]
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 217:
      Countering ‘ovism’, the rival ‘animalculist’ school regarded spermatozoa, discovered in semen by Leeuwenhoek, as the true source of conception.