from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to K. F. Wolff (1733-94), a German anatomist and physiologist; in anat., physiol., and zoology, noting certain structures of vertebrated animals.
  • Same as Wolfian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Anat.) Discovered, or first described, by Caspar Friedrich Wolff (1733-1794), the founder of modern embryology.
  • adjective the mesonephros.
  • adjective the duct from the Wolffian body.

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  • adjective Relating to Caspar Friedrich Wolff (1733–1794), German physiologist and one of the founders of embryology.


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  • This continues to grow caudalward until it opens into the ventral part of the cloaca; beyond the pronephros it is termed the Wolffian duct.

    XI. Splanchnology. 3. The Urogenital Apparatus 1918

  • In a wistful, perfectly Wolffian coda, Maureen finds herself leafing through the Bible, inscribed to "Clara Gutierrez," wondering whatever happened to the dreams of the girl who received it for her confirmation.

    Portraits of Longing in America 2008

  • (“First Principles of all Philosophy,” 1733-34), which includes an extensive review of natural science as well as logic, metaphysics, and ethics, became the most widely adopted textbook of Wolffian philosophy.

    18th Century German Aesthetics Guyer, Paul 2007

  • Gottsched's Wolffian philosophy of poetry, accordingly, was quickly supplanted by Johann Jakob Breitinger's Critische Abhandlung (1740), a book that emphasized the a posteriori experience of poetry, not its rule-bound composition.

    18th Century German Philosophy Prior to Kant Sassen, Brigitte 2007

  • The theoretical basis of the work was the Wolffian principle that the theater and other forms of poetry (Gottsched had little to say about the emerging medium of the novel) should be used to convey important moral truths through images that would make them accessible and engaging for a wide audience.

    18th Century German Aesthetics Guyer, Paul 2007

  • Thus far, Gottsched has not made special use of Wolffian terms.

    18th Century German Aesthetics Guyer, Paul 2007

  • Bilfinger stressed the significance of this thrust, in the guise of Aristotle's possibilitas or dynamis, in his Wolffian commentary.

    Kant's Philosophical Development Schönfeld, Martin 2007

  • Further developments of the Wolffian philosophy can be found particularly in the domain of aesthetics with Gottsched and Baumgarten.

    18th Century German Philosophy Prior to Kant Sassen, Brigitte 2007

  • But each individual embryo is equipped to be either one — each possesses the Mullerian ducts that become the female reproductive system as well as the Wolffian ducts that become the male one.

    (Rethinking) Gender 2007

  • Mendelssohn worked within the framework of Wolffian metaphysics and psychology, and thus he accepted the definition of sensible perception as clear but confused cognition.

    18th Century German Aesthetics Guyer, Paul 2007


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