Homunculus meaning

hō-mŭngkyə-ləs, hə-
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A diminutive human.
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A miniature, fully formed individual believed by adherents of the early biological theory of preformation to be present in the sperm cell.
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(historical) In the theory of preformation, the minuscule, fully formed human being that develops into the fetus.
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A little man; dwarf.
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A diminutive human.
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A miniature, fully formed individual believed by adherents of the early biological theory of preformation to be present in the sperm cell.
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A little man.
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The nerve map of the human body that exists on the parietal lobe of the human brain.
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Origin of homunculus

  • Latin diminutive of homō man dhghem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin homunculus, diminutive of homō (“man”).

    From Wiktionary