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microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium


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Semen has conveyed something indispensable to the fetation, but this something is the soul principle, neither an animalcule nor unassembled anatomical parts, as Aristotle's rival theorists contend.
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.
In vain do we aspire to assign limits to the works of creation in space, whether we examine the starry heavens, or that world of minute animalcules which is revealed to us by the microscope.
But Emerson's revised argument is tricky: "Our planet," he writes, "before the age of written history, had its races of savages, like the generations of sour paste, or the animalcules that wriggle and bite in a drop of putrid water.
In April 1676, in what might have been an attempt to discover "the cause of the hotness or power whereby pepper affects the tongue," Leeuwenhoek placed some pepper in water Three weeks later, on April 24, 1676, he discovered an incredible number of very little animalcules, marking the first sighting of bacteria.
56) To comprehend this relation is perhaps to write a poem such as William Carlos Williams's Paterson, (57) which turns from life as "Rolling up, rolling up heavy with / numbers," "so that never in this / world will a man live well in his body / save dying--and not know himself/dying," to "shells and animalcules / generally and so to man, / to Paterson"--that is, to human life and identity as one with the place of a city and its history:
Phylum 1 Actinopoda ("Sun Animalcules," Marine Planktic AxopodFormers)
However, DNA studies of these microminiature animalcules is still in its infancy, and the pharmaceutical industry isn't talking.