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

  • Virchow, Rudolf 1821-1902. German physician and pathologist known for his contributions to cell theory and the study of disease.

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  • n. German pathologist who recognized that all cells come from cells by binary fission and who emphasized cellular abnormalities in disease (1821-1902)


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  • Instead, we had elitist scientists and physicians (Virchow is a name that crosses the ocean) publicly supporting the policies as they got enacted into law and went progressively more negative.

    Darwin Strips Reality of Purpose?

  • Professor Virchow, that is to say, will continue to deny the Germ Theory, however great the probabilities on its side, however numerous be the cases of which it renders a just account, until it has ceased to be a theory at all, and has become a congeries of sensible facts.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP was called Virchow, Krause & Co.

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  • Here is another entry for a different condition called Virchow-Seckel Syndrome.

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  • In the 1880s, Virchow had observed that leukemia cells could occasionally colonize the brain.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • By the time Virchow died in 1902, a new theory of cancer had slowly coalesced out of all these observations.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Presciently although oblivious of the mechanism Virchow called it neoplasia—novel, inexplicable, distorted growth, a word that would ring through the history of cancer.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • As Virchow examined the architecture of cancers, the growth often seemed to have acquired a life of its own, as if the cells had become possessed by a new and mysterious drive to grow.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Looking at cancerous growths through his microscope, Virchow discovered an uncontrolled growth of cells—hyperplasia in its extreme form.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Conversely, and importantly for this story, Virchow soon stumbled upon the quintessential disease of pathological hyperplasia—cancer.

    The Emperor of All Maladies


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