Meaning of ovism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈəʊvɪz(ə)m/


historical Biology
  • 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.

    See note s.v. ovist.


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.