Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An adherent of the doctrine of incasement in the female: the opposite of spermist or animalculist. Also ovist. See incasement.
- n. biology, historical A believer in the theory (called "encasement theory") that the egg was the real animal germ, and that at the time of fecundation the spermatozoa simply gave the impetus which caused the unfolding of the egg, in which all generations were enclosed one within the other.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Biol.) A believer in the theory (called
encasement theory), current during the last century, that the egg was the real animal germ, and that at the time of fecundation the spermatozoa simply gave the impetus which caused the unfolding of the egg, in which all generations were inclosed one within the other. Also called ovist.
- ovule + -ist (Wiktionary)
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