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ho•mun•cu•lus



Pronunciation: (hu-mung'kyu-lus, hō-), [key]
n.,
pl. -liPronunciation: (-lī"). [key]

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.

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