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.
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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.
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Mi`cro*cos"mic

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Mi`cro*cos"mic*al

(?), } a. [Cf. F. microcosmique.] Of or pertaining to the microcosm.
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Microcosmic salt (Chem.), a white crystalline substance obtained by mixing solutions of sodium phosphate and ammonium phosphate, and also called hydric-sodic-ammonic-phosphate. It is a powerful flux, and is used as a substitute for borax as a blowpipe reagent in testing for the metallic oxides. Originally obtained by the alchemists from human urine, and called sal microcosmicum.
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