[het-er-uh-jee-nee-uhs, -jeen-yuhs] ||
different in kind; unlike; incongruous.
composed of parts of different kinds; having widely dissimilar elements or constituents: The party was attended by a heterogeneous group of artists, politicians, and social climbers.
Chemistry. (of a mixture) composed of different substances or the same substance in different phases, as solid ice and liquid water.
Origin of heterogeneous
1615–25;Related formshet·er·o·ge·ne·ous·ly, adverbhet·er·o·ge·ne·ous·ness, noun
< Medieval Latin heterogeneus
< Greek heterogenḗs.
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Derived Formsheterogeneity (ˌhɛtərəʊdʒɪˈniːɪtɪ) or heterogeneousness, nounheterogeneously, adverb
composed of unrelated or differing parts or elements
not of the same kind or type
chem of, composed of, or concerned with two or more different phasesCompare homogeneous
Word Origin for heterogeneous
C17: from Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenēs, from hetero- + genos sort
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Word Origin and History for heterogeneous
1620s, from Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenes, from heteros "different" (see hetero-) + genos "kind, gender, race stock" (see genus). Earlier in same sense was heterogeneal (c.1600).
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heterogeneous in Medicine
Composed of parts having dissimilar characteristics or properties.
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