[ huh-muhng-kyuh-luhs, hoh- ]
/ həˈmʌŋ kyə ləs, hoʊ- /
noun, plural ho·mun·cu·li [huh-muhng-kyuh-lahy, hoh-]. /həˈmʌŋ kyəˌlaɪ, hoʊ-/.
an artificially made dwarf, supposedly produced in a flask by an alchemist.
a fully formed, miniature human body believed, according to some medical theories of the 16th and 17th centuries, to be contained in the spermatozoon.
a diminutive human being.
the human fetus.
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Origin of homunculus
OTHER WORDS FROM homunculusho·mun·cu·lar, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for homunculus
The two homunculi are terrified, and try to hide themselves.The Magic of the Middle Ages|Viktor Rydberg
In thy philosophy there is naught but dreams of elixirs of life or homunculi.The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'|H. B. Cotterill
His work, his days spent with crowds of homunculi had given him a taste for solitude and the habit of it.Old Mole|Gilbert Cannan
British Dictionary definitions for homunculus
/ (hɒˈmʌŋkjʊləs) /
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
a miniature man; midget
(in early biological theory) a fully-formed miniature human being existing in a spermatozoon or egg
Former name: homuncule (həʊˈmʌŋkjuːl)
Derived forms of homunculushomuncular, adjective
Word Origin for homunculus
C17: from Latin, diminutive of homo man
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Medical definitions for homunculus
[ hō-mŭng′kyə-ləs, hə- ]
n. pl. ho•mun•cu•li (-lī′)
A diminutive human.
A miniature, fully formed individual which adherents of the early biological theory of preformation believed to be present in the sperm cell.
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