Definition of ovism in English:

ovism

noun

Biology
historical
  • The theory that the ovum holds all the material necessary for development of the embryo, the sperm providing only a stimulus to initiate the process.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The New Sydenham Society's Lexicon of Medicine and the Allied Sciences. From classical Latin ōvum ovum + -ism, probably after French ovisme. Compare Italian ovismo.

Pronunciation

ovism

/ˈəʊvɪz(ə)m/