animalculist

animalculist

(ˌænɪˈmælkjʊˌlɪst)
n
1. a person who subscribes to the theory of animalculism
2. (Zoology) a person who investigates and analyses animalcules
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In keeping with later animalculist theories that suggested that the full embryo existed in the sperm, the beautiful Absalom seems to have sprung complete from his father's seed.
21) By the end of the seventeenth century there were two competing groups in this category of thinkers: the ovists, who argued that the whole embryo existed preformed in the ovary, and the animalculists, who claimed the same for the sperm.
23 Gasking describes how the early preformationists were all ovists (48), but beginning with Leeuwenhoek in 1683 animalculists became increasingly popular (56).