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A small, representative system having analogies to a larger system in constitution, configuration, or development: "He sees the auto industry as a microcosm of the U.S. itself" (William J. Hampton).
[Middle English microcosme, a human considered as a little universe, from Middle French, from Old French, from Late Latin mīcrocosmus, from Greek mīkros kosmos : mīkros, small + kosmos, world, order.]
mi′cro·cos′mic (-kŏz′mĭk), mi′cro·cos′mi·cal (-mĭ-kəl) adj.
1. a miniature representation of something, esp a unit, group, or place regarded as a copy of a larger one
2. (Philosophy) man regarded as epitomizing the universe
[C15: via Medieval Latin from Greek mikros kosmos little world]
ˌmicroˈcosmic, ˌmicroˈcosmical adj
mi•cro•cosm(ˈmaɪ krəˌkɒz əm)
also mi•cro•cos•mos(ˌmaɪ krəˈkɒz məs, -moʊs)
1. a little world; a world in miniature (opposed to macrocosm).
2. anything that is regarded as a world in miniature, as an individual or a town.
mi`cro•cos′mic, mi`cro•cos′mi•cal, adj.