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homunculus

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noun ho·mun·cu·lus \hō-ˈməŋ-kyə-ləs\

Definition of homunculus

plural

homunculi

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  1. 1 :  a little man :  manikin

  2. 2 :  a miniature adult that in the theory of preformation is held to inhabit the germ cell and to produce a mature individual merely by an increase in size



Origin and Etymology of homunculus

Latin, diminutive of homin-, homo human being — more at homage


First Known Use: 1656

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homunculus

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noun ho·mun·cu·lus \hō-ˈməŋ-kyə-ləs\

Medical Definition of homunculus

plural

homunculi

\-ˌlī, -ˌlē\play play
  1. :  a miniature adult that in the theory of preformation was held to inhabit the germ cell and to produce a mature individual merely by an increase in size




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