One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The theory that the embryo exists as a preformed entity in the spermatozoon (as opposed to in the ovum). Compare "animalcule". Opposed to ovism.
Mid 19th century. From animalcule or its etymon post-classical Latin animalculum + -ism, probably after French animalculisme.
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.