Meaning of homunculus

ho•mun•cu•lus

Pronunciation: (hu-mung'kyu-lus, hō-), [key]
— pl. -li
  1. an artificially made dwarf, supposedly produced in a flask by an alchemist.
  2. a fully formed, miniature human body believed, according to some medical theories of the 16th and 17th centuries, to be contained in the spermatozoon.
  3. a diminutive human being.
  4. the human fetus.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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