homunculus

noun ho·mun·cu·lus \ hō-ˈməŋ-kyə-ləs \

Definition of homunculus

plural homunculi play \hō-ˈməŋ-kyə-ˌlī, -ˌlē\
1 :a little man :manikin
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

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Origin and Etymology of homunculus

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

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homunculus

noun ho·mun·cu·lus \ hō-ˈməŋ-kyə-ləs \

medical Definition of homunculus

plural homunculi play \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\
: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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