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[hoh-muh-jee-nee-uh s, -jeen-yuh s, hom-uh-] /ˌhoʊ məˈdʒi ni əs, -ˈdʒin yəs, ˌhɒm ə-/
composed of parts or elements that are all of the same kind; not heterogeneous:
a homogeneous population.
of the same kind or nature; essentially alike.
  1. having a common property throughout:
    a homogeneous solid figure.
  2. having all terms of the same degree:
    a homogeneous equation.
  3. relating to a function of several variables that becomes multiplied by some power of a constant when each variable is multiplied by that constant: x 2 y 3 is a homogeneous expression of degree 5.
  4. relating to a differential equation in which a linear combination of derivatives is set equal to zero.
Origin of homogeneous
1635-45; < Medieval Latin homogeneus, equivalent to homogene- (stem of Greek homogenḗs of the same kind; see homo-, gene) + -us -ous
Related forms
homogeneously, adverb
nonhomogeneous, adjective
nonhomogeneously, adverb
nonhomogeneousness, noun
unhomogeneous, adjective
unhomogeneously, adverb
unhomogeneousness, noun
Can be confused
homogeneous, homogenous.
1. unvarying, unmixed, alike, similar, identical. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for homogeneously


/ˌhəʊməˈdʒiːnɪəs; ˌhɒm-/
composed of similar or identical parts or elements
of uniform nature
similar in kind or nature
having a constant property, such as density, throughout
  1. (of a polynomial) containing terms of the same degree with respect to all the variables, as in x² + 2xy + y²
  2. (of a function) containing a set of variables such that when each is multiplied by a constant, this constant can be eliminated without altering the value of the function, as in cos x/y + x/y
  3. (of an equation) containing a homogeneous function made equal to 0
(chem) of, composed of, or concerned with a single phase Compare heterogeneous
Also (for senses 1–4) homogenous
Derived Forms
homogeneity (ˌhəʊməʊdʒɪˈniːɪtɪ; ˌhɒm-) noun
homogeneously, adverb
homogeneousness, noun
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Contemporary definitions for homogeneously

in chemistry, involving substances in the same phase (solid, liquid, or gas)


A homogeneous substance is salt, NaCl.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for homogeneously



1640s, from Medieval Latin homogeneus, from Greek homogenes "of the same kind," from homos "same" (see homo- (1)) + genos "kind, gender, race, stock" (see genus). Earlier in this sense was homogeneal (c.1600).

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homogeneously in Medicine

homogeneous ho·mo·ge·ne·ous (hō'mə-jē'nē-əs, -jēn'yəs)

  1. Of the same or similar nature or kind.

  2. Uniform in structure or composition throughout, as of a chemical mixture.

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