from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The hypothesis that all living things proceed from preëxisting germs, and that these encase the germs of all future living things, inclosed one within another.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In biology, the doctrine of generation promulgated by Bonnet, namely, the aggregation of living germs one within the other, and their detachment to produce new existences.
- n. In anatomy, the fitting of one bone, or assemblage of bones, into another, as a box fits within its cover.
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