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Definitions for homunculus
həˈmʌŋ kyə ləs, hoʊ-; -ˌlaɪho·muncu·lus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manikin, mannikin, homunculusnoun

    a person who is very small but who is not otherwise deformed or abnormal

  2. homunculusnoun

    a tiny fully formed individual that (according to the discredited theory of preformation) is supposed to be present in the sperm cell

Wiktionary

  1. homunculusnoun

    A little man.

  2. homunculusnoun

    The nerve map of the human body that exists on the parietal lobe of the human brain.

  3. Etymology: From homunculus, diminutive of homo.

Wikipedia

  1. Homunculus

    A homunculus (; Latin for "little person") is a representation of a small human being. Popularized in sixteenth-century alchemy and nineteenth-century fiction, it has historically referred to the creation of a miniature, fully formed human. The concept has roots in preformationism as well as earlier folklore and alchemic traditions.

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  1. homunculus

    A homunculus is a term taken from Latin and means "little man". It is often used in various fields such as psychology, philosophy, anatomy, and alchemical literature, essentially referring to a miniature, fully formed human being or a representation of a small human being. In literary contexts, it is typically used to describe a tiny human-like creature, often created through artificial or magical means. In a scientific context, it can refer to a scale model of the human body that is used to demonstrate the idea of how different regions of the brain correspond to different parts of the body, as in the homunculus in cortical sensory or motor mappings of the cerebral cortex.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Homunculusnoun

    a little man; a dwarf; a manikin

  2. Etymology: [L., dim. of homo man.]

Wikidata

  1. Homunculus

    Homunculus is a term used, generally, in various fields of study to refer to any representation of a human being. Popularized in sixteenth century alchemy and nineteenth century fiction, it has historically referred to the creation of a miniature, fully formed human. The concept has roots in preformationism as well as earlier folklore and alchemic traditions. Currently, in scientific fields, a homunculus may refer to any scale model of the human body that, in some way, illustrates physiological, psychological, or other abstract human characteristics or functions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Homunculus

    hō-mung′kū-lus, n. a tiny man capable of being produced artificially, according to Paracelsus, endowed with magical insight and power: a dwarf, mannikin. [L., dim. of homo.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of homunculus in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of homunculus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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