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Medical Term:

animalcule

Pronunciation: an′i-mal′kūl

Definition: Term used by believers in the preformation theory to designate the supposed miniature body contained in a gamete.

See: homunculus

[Mod. L. animalculum, dim. of L. animal, a living being]

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