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animalcule

, animalculum
a microscopic animal such as an amoeba or rotifer
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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.
Strange that it seems more, not less, urgent to play some part in this struggle, this brief effort of animalcules striving to win for their race some increase of lucidity before the ultimate darkness.
Despite van Leeuwenhoek's observation in the mouth of an old man of "an unbelievably great company of living animalcules," or bacteria, no connection had yet been made between them, or the other microorganisms he discovered, and human disease.
En efecto, el microscopio llevara al descubrimiento de una nueva dimension de lo viviente totalmente desconocida hasta ese entonces: el mundo de los animalcules como lo denomina Leewenhoek.
With each answer, researchers move closer to creating a new breed of animalcules to swim the microrealm.
However, since the world abounds in the noblest fields of speculation, it is, methinks, the mark of a little genius to be wholly conversant among insects, reptiles, animalcules, and those trifling rarities that furnish out the apartment of a virtuoso.