preformism


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preformism

the now discredited theory that an egg or sperm contains a preformed adult.
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& ETHICS 565, 574-75 (2009) (discussing "the preformism of genetic determinism").
the preformism of genetic determinism has overbalanced our understanding of complex developmental processes.").