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homogenize

[huh-moj-uh-nahyz, hoh-]
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verb (used with object), ho·mog·e·nized, ho·mog·e·niz·ing.
  1. to form by blending unlike elements; make homogeneous.
  2. to prepare an emulsion, as by reducing the size of the fat globules in (milk or cream) in order to distribute them equally throughout.
  3. to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function: to homogenize school systems.
  4. Metallurgy. to subject (metal) to high temperature to ensure uniform diffusion of components.
verb (used without object), ho·mog·e·nized, ho·mog·e·niz·ing.
  1. to become homogenized.
Also especially British, ho·mog·e·nise.

Origin of homogenize

First recorded in 1885–90; homogen(eous) + -ize
Related formsho·mog·e·ni·za·tion, nounho·mog·e·niz·er, nouno·ver·ho·mog·e·nize, verb (used with object), o·ver·ho·mog·e·nized, o·ver·ho·mog·e·niz·ing.un·ho·mog·e·nized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for homogenization

homogenize

homogenise

verb
  1. (tr) to break up the fat globules in (milk or cream) so that they are evenly distributed
  2. to make or become homogeneous
Derived Formshomogenization or homogenisation, nounhomogenizer or homogeniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for homogenization

n.

1803 (from 1905 specifically of milk); see homogenize + -ation.

homogenize

v.

"make similar," 1742, from homogenous + -ize. Sense of "render milk uniform in consistency" is from 1901. Related: Homogenized; homogenizing.

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