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  • n. Plural form of ovist.

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  • Cue epic battle between "ovists" and "spermists," then an uneasy truce brokered by the emerging field of genetics.

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  • First, at least in its early naïve form, it requires what everybody knows to be false: that we inherit only from one parent – the mother for the ovists, the father for the spermists.

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  • The preformationists believed that the egg or sperm, for the preformationists were subdivided into ‘ovists’ versus ‘spermists’ contained a tiny miniature baby or ‘homunculus’.

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  • And how do the seminists, ovists, or animalculists, explain, upon their respective theories, the formation of these mongrel productions?

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  • The seminists never discovered how it is that the ass communicates to his mule offspring a resemblance only in the ears and crupper; the ovists neither inform us, nor understand how a mare should contain in her egg anything but an animal of her own species.

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  • To others, the ovists, the germ or embryo lay in the egg, and the semen or sperm of the male merely activated its development.

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  • With the discovery of the spermatozoon the preformationists were divided into two schools, one (the ovists) holding that the ovum was the container of the miniature individual, the other

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  • According to the ovists, the ovum needed merely the stimulation of the spermatozoon to cause its contained individual to undergo development, while the animalculists looked upon the spermatozoon as the essential embryo container, the ovum serving merely as a suitable food supply or growing place.

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