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a.1.Of, pertaining to, or resembling, animalcules.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Moreover, as the first person in the New World to espouse an "animalcular" theory (germ theory) of disease (3), Mather would surely have been predisposed to accept the scientific basis of immunization, and he surely would have been impressed that aggressive global measles vaccination has, in little more than a decade, reduced the death rate by a factor of at least 5-fold and saved "1 million lives each year.
He suggests that his sense of sound is as tactile as a fly's, as the fly ignores the architectural form and can only "creep over it with animalcular feet, & peer microscopically at the sand-grit of [the building's] component Stones" (CL 2.873).