Definition of Microcosm

1. Noun. A miniature model of something.

Generic synonyms: Example, Model



Definition of Microcosm

1. n. A little world; a miniature universe. Hence (so called by Paracelsus), a man, as a supposed epitome of the exterior universe or great world. Opposed to macrocosm.

Definition of Microcosm

1. Noun. Human nature or the human body as representative of the wider universe; man considered as a miniature counterpart of divine or universal nature. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) The human body; a person. (defdate 17th-19th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A smaller system which is seen as representative (term of) a larger one. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

4. Noun. (ecology) A small natural ecosystem; an artificial ecosystem set up as an experimental model. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Microcosm

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Medical Definition of Microcosm

1. A little world; a miniature universe. Hence (so called by Paracelsus), a man, as a supposed epitome of the exterior universe or great world. Opposed to macrocosm. Origin: F. Microcosme, L. Microcosmus, fr. Gr. Small + the world. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Microcosm

microconidium
microconstituent
microconstituents
microcontact
microcontacts
microcontent
microcontinent
microcontinental
microcontinents
microcontroller
microcontrollers
microcopies
microcopy
microcoria
microcornea
microcosm (current term)
microcosmic
microcosmic salt
microcosmical
microcosmically
microcosmographies
microcosmography
microcosmoi
microcosmos
microcosmoses
microcosms
microcoulomb
microcoustic
microcrack
microcracked

Literary usage of Microcosm

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1. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1904)
"Let us light a cigar and consider the microcosm in Medicine. If we appeal to a dictionary, we shall find under the heading microcosm the word man, ..."

2. Book Auction Records by Frank Karslake (1905)
"Ackermann (R.) microcosm of London, 101 plates, in colours, with Descriptions, 3 v.,cf. gut, roy. it,i.. 1808. Edwards, £17 15s s. Dec. microcosm of London ..."

3. George Canning by Frank Harrison Hill (1888)
"THE ' microcosm,' which still holds its place among the curiosities of schoolboy ... The ' microcosm ' is the work of boys in tail-coats and stuck-up ..."

4. Parodies and Other Burlesque Pieces by George Canning, John Hookham Frere, George Ellis (1890)
"t THE microcosm was edited by John Smith. He and his brother Robert, with Frere and ... The boys dedicated their microcosm to Dr. Davies, the headmaster, ..."

5. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"If you see this in the map of my microcosm, follows it that I am known well ... The ancients not improperly styled him [man] a microcosm, or little world ..."

6. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"They think that tho world is the production of four eternal elements, and that man is a microcosm of the world. Zinen'rn. in the Decameron of Boccaccio (day ..."

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