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 ?
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.
Then came a yelling, a crashing among the branches, and a little pink homunculus rushed by us shrieking.
wounds of an arrow -- of introducing this pudgy homunculus into art
Crotty's treatment of the homunculus problem, his largely critical treatment of Bobonich, Price, and Irwin, as well as his less critical account of Annas, are notable features of chapter 7.
The lesion in our case is consisted with the alleged motor homunculus in the brain.
The system is based on the homunculus model of mind wherein we embed the user in a virtual reality control room.
At a conference I attended, a speaker referred to "the little homunculus in the brain.
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And on the [non-translatable text]David Frost Show,[non-translatable text] pinched homunculus John Simon queried Susann, "Do you think you are writing art, or are you writing trash to make a lot of money?
It pumps out more than 5 million times the energy than the Sun does, but it and its companion star hide inside a double-dumbbell of dust and gas called the Homunculus Nebula.
But when the Scriptorium is broken into, and Ravine Guard Carnifex Thane sees a homunculus fleeing the scene of the crime, events are set in motion that will ensure nothing will ever be the same again.
Alas, it's not sufficiently developed ahead of a cacophonous second act replete with flashes of lightning and the birth of a homunculus, patched together from stolen organs and body parts.