from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Swammerdam, Jan 1637-1680. Dutch naturalist known for his pioneering microscopic research. He was the first to describe red blood cells (1658).

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  • n. Dutch naturalist and microscopist who proposed a classification of insects and who was among the first to recognize cells in animals and was the first to see red blood cells (1637-1680)


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