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  1. the quality or state of being heterogeneous; composition from dissimilar parts; disparateness.

Origin of heterogeneity

From the Medieval Latin word heterogeneitās, dating back to 1635–45. See heterogeneous, -ity
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Examples from the Web for heterogeneity

Historical Examples

  • What of that heterogeneity for which New York is famous, or infamous?

    Imaginary Interviews

    W. D. Howells

  • A new principle has been introduced, an element of heterogeneity.

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    Frederic William Maitland

  • But how is that kind of heterogeneity insured which is required to carry on life?

    Herbert Spencer

    J. Arthur Thomson

  • Heterogeneity, that is, differentiation, is introduced by form.

  • But we have yet to notice another kind of heterogeneity of surface similarly and simultaneously caused.

Word Origin and History for heterogeneity


1640s, from Medieval Latin heterogeneitas, from heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenes (see heterogeneous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

heterogeneity in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. The quality or state of being heterogeneous.
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heterogeneity in Culture



Cultural, social, biological, or other differences within a group. (Compare homogeneity.)

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