Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The theory or doctrine that the male sperm contains the whole germ of the future animal, which develops entirely from a spermatozoön, the ovum serving merely as a mold or matrix; animalculism. Also spermatism.
- n. The belief held by spermists.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Biol.) The theory, formerly held by many, that the sperm or spermatozoön contains the germ of the future embryo; animalculism.
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