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[shvahn; English shwahn] /ʃvɑn; English ʃwɑn/
[tey-oh-dawr] /ˈteɪ oʊˌdɔr/ (Show IPA),
1810–82, German zoologist. Unabridged
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  • Schwann's investigations were corroborated, in 1843, by Helmholtz.

  • Schwann then varied his experimental argument, with no alteration in the result.

  • When Schwann had laid the table and placed the dinner upon it, Cyprien took him aside.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Schwann's seeming inactivity has been a fruitful cause for conjecture.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • The work was congenial, however, and Schwann remained here for five years.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • The comparison of cells with crystals was made in 1838 by the founders of the cell-theory, Schleiden and Schwann.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • As the title suggests, the main idea that actuated Schwann was to unify vegetable and animal tissues.

  • It was Schwann's merit to interpose between the tissue and the mere unorganised material a new element of structure, the cell.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • The most marked feature of Schwann's career is the unfailing friendships that linked him to those with whom he was associated.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • The relation between the unfertilised egg and the blastoderm which arises from it is not made altogether clear by Schwann.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
British Dictionary definitions for Schwann


/German ʃvan/
Theodor (ˈteːodoːr). 1810–82, German physiologist, who founded the theory that all animals consist of cells or cell products
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Schwann in Medicine

Schwann (shvän), Theodor. 1810-1882.

German physiologist and pioneer histologist who described (1839) the cell as the basic structure of animal tissue. He isolated pepsin in 1836, and in 1838 he described the myelin sheath.

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