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Pronunciation: pan-sper'me-a, -sper'ma-tizm

Definition: The hypothetical doctrine of the omnipresence of minute forms and spores of animal and vegetable life, thus accounting for apparent spontaneous generation.

[pan- + G. sperma, seed]

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