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  • n. Plural form of spermist.

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Examples

  • 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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  • Second, preformationists of this kind had to face a Russian-doll-style infinite regress of homunculi within homunculi – or if not infinite, at least long enough to take us back to Eve Adam for the spermists.

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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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  • Nicolaas von Hartsoeker gave us the image in 1694 of a tiny man in the sperm, which became the starting point for spermists.

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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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