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Origin of heterogeneous
OTHER WORDS FROM heterogeneoushet·er·o·ge·ne·ous·ly, adverbhet·er·o·ge·ne·ous·ness, noun
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What does heterogeneous mean?
Heterogeneous most generally means consisting of different, distinguishable parts or elements.
The word is used in a more specific way in the context of chemistry to describe a mixture consisting of two or more different substances or the same substance in different phases of matter (such as ice and liquid water).
In either sense, the state of being heterogeneous is heterogeneity.
The general sense of heterogeneous is not as commonly used as the general sense of its opposite, homogeneous—which most often means consisting of parts or elements that are all the same. The word homogenous (which is spelled without a second e and is pronounced differently) can be used to mean the same thing.
The word heterogenous is very similar in spelling but not in meaning. It’s used in the context of biology and medicine to refer to something that originated outside of the body or that is derived from another individual or species (such as a skin graft).
Example: The exhibit features a heterogeneous mix of artifacts from different cultures and eras.
Where does heterogeneous come from?
The first record of heterogeneous comes from around 1620. It comes from the Greek heterogenḗs, from hetero–, meaning “different,” and génos, “kind.”
In general, things that are homogeneous are all the same, and things that are heterogeneous consist of a variety of different parts. The same thing goes in chemistry. Homogenous mixtures are uniform in consistency. But the different elements of a heterogeneous mixture, such as ice floating in water, are often easy to distinguish and even sometimes separate.
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What are some other forms related to heterogeneous?
- heterogeneously (adverb)
- heterogeneousness (noun)
- heterogeneity (noun)
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How is heterogeneous used in real life?
Heterogeneous is used in the context of chemistry, but it’s also commonly used in a general way.
As I was drinking my cookies and cream milkshake, I thought man what a great example of a heterogeneous mixture… I need a vacation.
— Madeline Maynard (@madelineklaire) January 31, 2017
A large, heterogeneous and vibrant ecosystem increases the likelihood that complementary resources are recombined to generate innovations. https://t.co/78EIL29VJO
— INSEAD Knowledge (@INSEADKnowledge) August 28, 2020
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Try using heterogeneous!
Which of the following things would NOT be considered a heterogeneous mixture?
A. a bowl of mixed nuts
B. a glass of water
C. a glass of ice water
D. water with sand in it
Example sentences from the Web for heterogeneous
I missed the general accepting feeling that comes from such a heterogeneous mixture of people.
Many of the Indians of this heterogeneous band had come together in good faith, relying upon his honor and fidelity.King Philip|John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
But his great dictionary, though one of the most heterogeneous and unmethodical of compositions, exercised an enormous influence.
Fling this heterogeneous, bankrupt, vindictive mass across the border, and the Revolution was on.The Night-Born|Jack London
A study of the physical types has shown that each group considered is made up of heterogeneous elements.The Tinguian|Fay-Cooper Cole
It gave him a view of a heterogeneous collection of articles, and when he saw a heavy piece of iron his eyes lightened.The Corner House Girls on a Houseboat|Grace Brooks Hill