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dc.creatorLawrence, Cera R.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-10T13:23:54Z
dc.date.available2012-05-10T13:23:54Z
dc.date.created2008-08-13en_US
dc.date.issued2012-05-10
dc.identifier.otherembryo:125299en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10776/1803
dc.description.abstractThe term homunculus is Latin for "little man." It is used in neurology today to describe the map in the brain of sensory neurons in each part of the body (the somatosensory homunculus). An early use of the word was in the 1572 work by Paracelsus regarding forays into alchemy, De Natura Rerum, in which he gave instructions in how to create an infant human without fertilization or gestation in the womb. In the history of embryology, the homunculus was part of the Enlightenment-era theory of generation called preformationism. The homunculus was the fully formed individual that existed within the germ cell of one of its parents prior to fertilization and would grow in size during gestation until ready to be born.en_US
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dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherArizona State University. School of Life Sciences. Center for Biology and Society. Embryo Project Encyclopedia.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofEmbryo Project Encyclopediaen_US
dc.rights© Arizona Board of Regentsen_US
dc.subjectConcepten_US
dc.titleHomunculusen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.rights.licenseLicensed as Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
dc.subject.embryoProcessesen_US
dc.subject.tagPreformationismen_US
dc.subject.tagHomunculusen_US
dc.description.typeArticlesen_US
dc.date.createdstandard2008-08-13


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