preformationist

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Etymology[edit]

From preformation +‎ -ist.

Noun[edit]

preformationist (plural preformationists)

  1. (biology, historical) A proponent of the theory of preformationism. [from 19th c.]
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 219:
      Preformationists rejoined that Harveian epigenesis was unscientific, for such a virtue could not be observed.

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