animalculism

animalculism

(ˌænɪˈmælkjuːˌlɪzəm)
n
the theory explaining psychological and pathological phenomena through animalcules
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The ovist view was briefly revived in the mid-1700s by a few embryologists who objected to the inefficiency of "'animalculism," the term for the theory that located the pre-existing embryo in sperm.