homunculus


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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.
References in classic literature ?
Then came a yelling, a crashing among the branches, and a little pink homunculus rushed by us shrieking.
He appears to me less human than simian, and whenever I hear him talk I seem to myself to have paused in the street to listen to the shrill clatter of a hand-organ, to which the gambols of a hairy homunculus form an accompaniment.
wounds of an arrow -- of introducing this pudgy homunculus into art
Alas, it's not sufficiently developed ahead of a cacophonous second act replete with flashes of lighting and the birth of a homunculus, patched together from stolen organs and body parts.
Homunculus noted that there are differences in the types of participation of women, with some joining battles reluctantly and others joining willingly.
The third dimension consists of a sensory map representing homunculus along with questions asking to mark the pain zone, a dichotomous item about the presence of radiating pain and showing the direction of radiating pain with an arrow.
The motor homunculus is a funny-looking fellow with a big thumb, delicate toes and a tongue that wags below his head.
Wilder Penfield developed the already-existing concept of the homunculus (little man) to provide a neuroanatomical image of the relative amount of cerebral cortex surface area devoted to processing motor outputs and sensory inputs (e.
However, in the model I propose the apparatus of thought is ascribed to the brain system as a whole rather than being located in a singular center of consciousness, or homunculus.
The Renaissance alchemist Paracelsus's recipe entailed covering sperm in horse manure for about forty days and then, when "magnetised", it would come alive as a homunculus.
In a notorious image, Reynolds painted Puck as a precociously knowing homunculus perched on a toadstool.
Einstein's Little Homunculus band; caller is David Eisensladter $8; 14 and younger free with an adult.