from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See extract.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun See
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- noun obsolete A supposed "
growth force" in vitalism.
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He gave the finest expression that science has yet known -- if it has known it -- of the kernel-idea of what is called "bathmism," the idea of an
Mr. Cope lays great stress on the existence of a special developmental force termed "bathmism" or growth-force, which acts by means of retardation and acceleration "without any reference to fitness at all;" that "instead of being controlled by fitness it is the controller of fitness."
There are a bunch of proposed theories that have been tossed bathmism, orthogenesis, aristogenesis, neo-Lamarckism, etc.
Cope, Dr. E.D., on non-adaptive characters, 131 on fundamental laws of growth, 420 on bathmism or growth-force, 421 on use producing structural change, 422 on law of centrifugal growth, 422 on origin of the feet of ungulates, 423 on action of animal intelligence, 425
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