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ho·mun·cu·lus

 (hō-mŭng′kyə-ləs, hə-)
n. pl. ho·mun·cu·li (-lī′)
1. A diminutive human.
2. A miniature, fully formed individual believed by adherents of the early biological theory of preformation to be present in the sperm cell.

[Latin, diminutive of homō, man; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.]

ho·mun′cu·lar adj.

homunculus

(hɒˈmʌŋkjʊləs) or

homuncle

n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1. (Biology) a miniature man; midget
2. (Genetics) (in early biological theory) a fully-formed miniature human being existing in a spermatozoon or egg
Former name: homuncule
[C17: from Latin, diminutive of homo man]
hoˈmuncular adj

ho•mun•cu•lus

(həˈmʌŋ kyə ləs, hoʊ-)

n., pl. -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1. a fully formed, miniature human body believed, according to some medical theories of the 16th and 17th centuries, to be contained in the spermatozoon.
2. a graphic projection of the human image onto the surface of the motor cortex of the brain, depicting the extent of the area activating each part of the body subject to voluntary control.
3. a diminutive human being.
[1650–60; < Latin, =homun-, variant of homin-, s. of homō man (see Homo) + -culus -cule1]
ho•mun′cu•lar, adj.

homunculus

1. a small man or midget.
2. formerly, the microcosmic human form believed to be present in spermatozoon.
See also: Size
1. a small man or midget.
2. the microcosmic human form formerly believed to be present in spermatozoon.
See also: Mankind
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.homunculus - a person who is very small but who is not otherwise deformed or abnormalhomunculus - a person who is very small but who is not otherwise deformed or abnormal
small person - a person of below average size
2.homunculus - a tiny fully formed individual that (according to the discredited theory of preformation) is supposed to be present in the sperm cell
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Translations

homunculus

nHomunkulus m

ho·mun·cu·lus

n. homúnculo-a, enano-a sin deformidades y proporcionado-a en todas las partes del cuerpo.
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I am sure that many if not most of them would, after a nanosecond of thought (actually pretty long for them), immediately dismiss my model as homuncular.
As a practicing medievalist myself, I can of course cite any number of marvelous plants from the Middle Ages, including the goose-bearing barnacle tree, the homuncular mandrake, and the zoophyte known as the barometz or vegetable lamb of Tartary.
PETER VERE WARDEN, "Critique of Homuncular Model of Mind from the Neo-Vitalist Perspective.