GC: adj

S: https://courses.washington.edu/conj/bess/differentiation/differentiation.htm (last access: 19 June 2016); http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/wolffian+duct (last access: 19 June 2016).

N: 1. From last name of Kaspar Friedrich Wolff (1733-1794), German anatomist and embryologist + English -an.
2. Discovered or first described by Kaspar Friedrich Wolff.
3. Kaspar Friedrich Wolff was one of the founders of embryology and established the doctrine of germ layers. He was born in Berlin, the son Johann Wolff, a tailor and his wife Anna Sofia Stiebeler. He began his medical studies at the Medical-Surgical College – Collegium medico-chirurgicum – in Berlin (1753-1754) and in 1755 enrolled at the University of Halle, where he graduated M.D. in 1759 and obtained his doctorate on November 28 that year with the famous dissertation Theoria generationis, In this work he presented his new theory of epigenesis that gave the death-blow to the entire theory of preformation. The dissertation, criticized by Albrecht von Haller (1708-1777) and Charles Bonnet (1720-1793), who found the theory false, ranks among the most important essays ever written in the whole range of biological literature.

S: 1 & 2. MW – http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolffian (last access: 19 June 2016). 3. http://www.whonamedit.com/doctor.cfm/2433.html (last access: 19 June 2016).


CR: hysterectomy, Wolffian duct