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 (svä′mər-däm′), Jan 1637-1680.
Dutch naturalist known for his pioneering microscopic research. He made many observations of insects and was the first to describe red blood cells (1658).


(ˈsvɑm ərˌdɑm, ˈsfɑm-)

Jan, 1637–80, Dutch anatomist and entomologist.
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Noun1.Swammerdam - Dutch naturalist and microscopist who proposed a classification of insects and who was among the first to recognize cells in animals and was the first to see red blood cells (1637-1680)
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Electrical monitoring of mammalian heart impulses dates back to 1668 when Dutchman Jan Swammerdam first demonstrated electrical nerve conduction.
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