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 (här′vē), William 1578-1657.
English physician who demonstrated (1628) that blood circulates through the human body with the heart acting as a pump.
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(Biography) William. 1578–1657, English physician who discovered the mechanism of blood circulation, expounded in On the motion of the heart (1628)
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(ˈhɑr vi)

William, 1578–1657, English physician.
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Noun1.Harvey - English physician and scientist who described the circulation of the bloodHarvey - English physician and scientist who described the circulation of the blood; he later proposed that all animals originate from an ovum produced by the female of the species (1578-1657)
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"Say, Mac," cried Harvey, cheerfully, "how are we hitting it?"
The German opened his cigar-case and handed a skinny black cigar to Harvey.
Harvey lit the unlovely thing with a flourish: he felt that he was getting on in grown-up society.
"You like my cigar, eh?" the German asked, for Harvey's eyes were full of tears.
Harvey and William's the only ones that's left now; and, as I was saying, they haven't got here in time."
He most desperately wanted to see Harvey -- and William, too, for that matter -- because he was one of them kind that can't bear to make a will.
Rob- inson, and their wives, and the widow Bartley, and -- well, there's a lot of them; but these are the ones that Peter was thickest with, and used to write about some- times, when he wrote home; so Harvey 'll know where to look for friends when he gets here."
Pitcher, confidential clerk in the office of Harvey Maxwell, broker, allowed a look of mild interest and surprise to visit his usually expressionless countenance when his employer briskly entered at half past nine in company with his young lady stenographer.
Don't you remember, Harvey? We were married last evening at 8 o'clock in the Little Church Around the Corner."
"Harvey is a silent man, as you know," he said thoughtfully, "and he keeps everything of importance to himself.
Harvey, who was alive then, was my greatest friend, and I was in and out of the place all the time.
Even in natural science he was not altogether abreast of his time--he refused to accept Harvey's discovery of the manner of the circulation of the blood and the Copernican system of astronomy.