Microcosm
Microcosm Mi"cro*cosm, n. [F. microcosme, L. microcosmus, fr. Gr. mikro`s small + ko`smos the world.] 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}. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A relatively small object or system considered as representative of a larger system of which it is part, exhibiting many features of the complete system. [PJC]


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