emboîtement

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French emboîtement.

Noun[edit]

emboîtement (uncountable)

  1. (biology, now historical) The outdated hypothesis that all living things proceed from pre-existing germs, and that these encase the germs of all future living things, enclosed one within another.
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 217:
      [R]ivals professed to see an equivalent in the semen, giving rise to the ‘preformation’ or emboîtement theories which contended that the new individual was completely developed as a tiny homunculus from the moment of conception.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From emboîter +‎ -ment.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

emboîtement m (plural emboîtements)

  1. interlocking, stacking