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animalcule

, animalculum
a microscopic animal such as an amoeba or rotifer
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Swammerdam considered metamorphosis as a "death and resurrection" process that, therefore, involved spontaneous generation, to which he fiercely opposed: "These animalcules do not die, as man does, in order to rise again; all that happens to them is, that their limbs become improvable at the time of their transmutation, which, however, happens in so surprising a manner, that it is no wonder observers, at first sight, should take the production to be a real resurrection from a dead animal.
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.(23) His mention of it at this point (722b5), however, permits us to note that preformationism had been employed in Greek cultural life to deny women any role in generation, and consequently to deny them any significant connection with their children and any connection of their children with them.
Pascal's celebrated text of "La Disproportion de l'homme" evokes the astonishment of an observer who confronts, from an intermediate position, first the heavens stretching limitlessly above and then the endless complexity of the animalcule (87-89).
He argued that the notion of a miniature, preformed being - a "homunculus" or "animalcule" "instantaneously" present in the mixture of male and female sexual fluids - was absurd, a case of infinite regress.
What he saw, he called "animalcules," and he became the first person ever to see them.
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.
Beginning with the observation of "animalcules" by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.
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].
In 1676, Dutch scientist Anton van Leeuwenhoek had invented the microscope and documented his observations of tiny "animalcules" in seemingly clean water.
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.