[ het-uh-roh-juh-nee-i-tee ]
/ ˌhɛt ə roʊ dʒəˈni ɪ ti /


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

Nearby words

  1. heteroflexible,
  2. heterogamete,
  3. heterogametic,
  4. heterogamous,
  5. heterogamy,
  6. heterogeneous,
  7. heterogeneous nuclear rna,
  8. heterogeneous radiation,
  9. heterogeneous system,
  10. heterogenesis

Origin of heterogeneity

From the Medieval Latin word heterogeneitās, dating back to 1635–45. See heterogeneous, -ity

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Word Origin and History for heterogeneity



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

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Medicine definitions for heterogeneity


[ hĕt′ə-rō′jə-nēĭ-tē ]


The quality or state of being heterogeneous.

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Culture definitions for heterogeneity


[ (het-uh-roh-juh-nee-uh-tee) ]

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

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