Definition of pars pro toto in English:

pars pro toto

noun

formal
  • A part or aspect of something taken as representative of the whole.

    mass noun ‘the magical law of pars pro toto’
    count noun ‘this description is simply by way of a pars pro toto referring to the most important part’

Origin

Latin, literally ‘part on behalf of the whole’.

Pronunciation

pars pro toto

/ˌpɑːz prəʊ ˈtəʊtəʊ/