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animalcule

, animalculum
a microscopic animal such as an amoeba or rotifer
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Aristotle will have more arguments to offer in book 2 against preformationism, the view that an animalcule or homunculus is transferred from the father and planted in the mother's body, with her functions being strictly incubation and feeding.
Nouvelles experiences sur les animalcules spermatiques et sur quelques-unes des causes de la sterilite chez la femme, suivies de recherches sur les pertes seminales involontaires et sur la presence du sperme dans l'urine.
Fry of this species exclusively feed on the animalcules and water fleas; while fingerlings consume in the order of preference the vegetable debris, unicellular algae, detritus and mud [38].
Which shouldn't be an issue--Taaffe is an encyclopedic artist, his interests in the recent show ranging from diatoms and rotifers to algae and animalcules, to Balkan ritual breads--but there is a tension between the study that goes into his images and their decipherability.
EVER SINCE the Dutch draper Antonie van Leeuwenhoek first scrutinized his own plaque with a homemade microscope more than three centuries ago and discovered "little living animalcules, very prettily a-moving," scientists have known that we're covered in microbes.
As the limestone of the continent consists of infinite masses of the shells of animalcules, so language is made up of images or tropes, which now, in their secondary use, have long ceased to remind us of their poetic origin.
1963), Les sciences de la vie dans la pensee frangaise au XVIIIe siecle, Paris, Albin Michel, 1987, en particular el capitulo II <<les nouvelles decouvertes sur la generation des animaux>>, seccion II <<les animalcules spermatiques>>, pp.
In one of his studies, he described scraping the white material lodged between his gums and teeth, in which he observed "moving animalcules.
Indeed, Leeuwenhoek felt a strong curiosity for animalcules that live in water, and to satisfy his quest for knowledge, he built and improved simple but brilliant microscopes (Stanier, 1951; Lechevalier & Solotorovsky, 1974).
I could not discern the least trace of any living animalcules on the surface of the leaves, and I am certain, that, had there been any such, though an hundred millions of degrees less than a grain of sand, they would have been visible by my microscope.