American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A diminutive human.
- n. A miniature, fully formed individual believed by adherents of the early biological theory of preformation to be present in the sperm cell.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tiny human being that may be produced (according to a fancy of Paracelsus) artificially, without a natural mother. Being produced by art, it was supposed that art was incarnate in it and that it had innate knowledge of secret things.
- n. A little man; a dwarf.
- n. A little man.
- n. The nerve map of the human body that exists on the parietal lobe of the human brain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A little man; a dwarf; a manikin.
- n. a tiny fully formed individual that (according to the discredited theory of preformation) is supposed to be present in the sperm cell
- n. a person who is very small but who is not otherwise deformed or abnormal
- From Latin homunculus, diminutive of homō ("man"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, diminutive of homō, man; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The homunculus is the mapping of the body into the motor cortex, which is a portion of the brain located approximately under the portion of the scalp that would be occupied by a Mohawk hairdo.”
“York that the future bride of the famous homunculus is Miss Lavinia Warren, twenty-one inches high, and granddaughter of General Warren, who was killed at the battle of Bunker's Hill.”
“As he watches, the outlines of a diminutive human being -- a mannikin or 'homunculus' -- become visible and rapidly gain distinct form.”
“The following medical illustration, called a homunculus, is a graphic representation of the large area of the brain that is associated with hand movement.”
“What has come to be known as the homunculus theory of vision has long been discredited.”
“homunculus' -- in the conviction, as he asserted, that 'in course of time chemistry is bound to succeed in producing organic bodies and in creating a human being by means of crystallization' -- an assertion not very different from that of a still more trustworthy scientist, for”
“As Wilder Penfield discovered in the 1950s, much of the brain is connected not to the sensors along the body's surface (skin, eyes, ears) but instead to a representation of the body (the "homunculus") that is mapped directly onto the surface of the brain.”
“It can stand as a kind of homunculus to Penny's full-formed person.”
“You'll either be enthralled or bored to tears, but you'll know exactly what a "homunculus" is, and in context, not just from a dry, dusty dictionary definition.”
“In its place, Dennett offers his own theory of what goes on in there, employing the metaphor of a "homunculus," the tiny dwarf supposedly created in an alchemist's test tube.”
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