Definitions for: Animalcule


[n] microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium



Webster (1913) Definition: An`i*mal"cule, n. [As if fr. a L. animalculum, dim.
of animal.]
1. A small animal, as a fly, spider, etc. [Obs.] --Ray.

2. (Zo["o]l.) An animal, invisible, or nearly so, to the
naked eye. See Infusoria.

Note: Many of the so-called animalcules have been shown to be
plants, having locomotive powers something like those
of animals. Among these are Volvox, the
Desmidiac[ae], and the siliceous Diatomace[ae].

Spermatic animalcules. See Spermatozoa.

Synonyms: animalculum

See Also: being, organism

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