- Historical in the theory of preformation, the minuscule, fully formed human being that develops into the fetus
- a little man; dwarf
Origin of homunculusL, diminutive of homo, man: see homo
- A diminutive human.
- A miniature, fully formed individual believed by adherents of the early biological theory of preformation to be present in the sperm cell.
Origin of homunculusLatin diminutive of homō man ; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin homunculus, diminutive of homō (“man”).