spermism


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Related to spermism: Ovism, Preformation theory

sper·mism

(sper'mizm),
The belief by preformationists that the male sex cell (sperm) contains a miniature preformed body called the homunculus.
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But she does not show how preformation, either ovism or spermism, was transformed from an elite theory of scientists into a popular idea: did average early modern European men and women believe preformation explained generation?