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  1. Ma·rie Fran·çois Xa·vier [ma-ree frahn-swa gza-vyey] /maˈri frɑ̃ˈswa gzaˈvyeɪ/, 1771–1802, French physician.
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Historical Examples

  • All that method could do had been accomplished by Bichat and his followers.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Bichat assumed the existence of a special group of "physiological" sciences.

    Science and Education

    Thomas H. Huxley

  • The sudden death of Desault in 1795 was a severe blow to Bichat.

  • Bichat defined life as the ensemble of the functions which resist death.

  • This idea found its tersest expression in the definition of Bichat, that life is the sum total of the forces which resist death.

bichat in Medicine


  1. French physiologist and anatomist who pioneered the histological study of organs.
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