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.
23 Gasking describes how the early preformationists were all ovists (48), but beginning with Leeuwenhoek in 1683 animalculists became increasingly popular (56).