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microcosm

(mī′krə-kŏz′əm)
n.
A small, representative system having analogies to a larger system in constitution, configuration, or development: "He sees the auto industry as a microcosm of the U.S. itself" (William J. Hampton).

mi′cro·cos′mic (-kŏz′mĭk), mi′cro·cos′mi·cal (-mĭ-kəl) adj.
mi′cro·cos′mi·cal·ly adv.
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microcosm

  1. an entity which is a miniature version of a more common, extensive whole.
  2. a controlled laboratory system that contains the necessary components of the ECOSYSTEM being studied. Microcosms are designed to simulate natural systems, but are likely to be simplified versions of such systems and thus may exclude or alter certain of the processes that occur naturally A microcosm may represent a portion of a natural system, that has been brought into the laboratory with the INDIGENOUS ORGANISMS and processes relatively undisturbed. Alternatively, a microcosm may be constructed in the laboratory as a simpler representation of the natural system, so that certain biological factors can be studied. The limitations of any particular microcosm must be fully understood when interpreting the results obtained from it.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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Estos valores de C/P no concuerdan con los obtenidos en los microcosmos de tratamiento con Bacterias (A); y para el tratamiento con Eiseniafoetida (B) la relacion C/N, C/P no se ajusta (Tabla 1).
Este inoculo, previo a su aplicacion en suelo, se concentro por centrifugacion a 17000 g durante 12 min y el precipitado se resuspendio en solucion salina esteril, de esta forma se obtuvo el volumen final requerido (150 ml) para adicionar a cada microcosmos.
Es por eso que en este estudio se pretende detectar THG, empleando antibioticos como marcadores de seleccion, tanto en ensayos in vitro como en microcosmos de tierra.
El microcosmos del teatro no se nutre de los exitos.
History of the Byzantine Jews; a microcosmos in the thousand year empire.
Tais conceitos e nocoes serao detalhados a seguir e constituirao a base de construcao de uma leitura geocultural do espaco, que compreende o Largo da Carioca, visando a definir um espaco formado por varios microcosmos.
Lines in Shakespeare's Sonnet CXI bear a strong resemblance to lines in John Davies of Hereford's Microcosmos (1603).
Proposing an "eco-cultural materialism" as his interpretive focus, Markley's insightful study proceeds to employ a wide range of primary texts as diverse as Peter Heylyn's Microcosmos: Or, A Little Description of the Great World (1621) and John Webbs's An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language (1669) toward rediscovering in English literary culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries a complex relationship with the economies, languages, philosophies, and belief systems of China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the South Seas.