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  • n. A believer in the theory (called "encasement theory") that the egg was the real animal germ, and that at the time of fecundation the spermatozoa simply gave the impetus which caused the unfolding of the egg, in which all generations were enclosed one within the other.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A believer in the theory (called encasement theory), current during the last century, that the egg was the real animal germ, and that at the time of fecundation the spermatozoa simply gave the impetus which caused the unfolding of the egg, in which all generations were inclosed one within the other. Also called ovist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An adherent of the doctrine of incasement in the female: the opposite of spermist or animalculist. Also ovist. See incasement.

Etymologies

ovule +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Haller, the ovulist, who had great authority as a physiologist, in a famous work, _Elementa physiologiae_, upheld the principle vigorously:

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