[ het-er-uh-jee-nee-uhs, -jeen-yuhs ]
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  1. different in kind; unlike; incongruous.

  2. 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.

  1. 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; <Medieval Latin heterogeneus<Greek heterogenḗs.See hetero-, gene, -ous

Other words for heterogeneous

Opposites for heterogeneous

Other words from heterogeneous

  • het·er·o·ge·ne·ous·ly, adverb
  • het·er·o·ge·ne·ous·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with heterogeneous

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How to use heterogeneous in a sentence

  • In these nationally supported and heterogeneously peopled towns a new kind of community might wax and thrive.

    Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland
  • The mule trotted along briskly and quietly enough until he beheld the grotesque vision of the heterogeneously-mounted Israelites.

  • In fact during the last few minutes we have been thinking heterogeneously about nature.

    The Concept of Nature | Alfred North Whitehead
  • Instead of two articles of diet he appeared to have something heterogeneously one in flavor.

    Kenny | Leona Dalrymple
  • Something of the salt sea yet lingered in old Bildad's language, heterogeneously mixed with Scriptural and domestic phrases.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale | Herman Melville

British Dictionary definitions for heterogeneous


/ (ˌhɛtərəʊˈdʒiːnɪəs) /

  1. composed of unrelated or differing parts or elements

  2. not of the same kind or type

  1. chem of, composed of, or concerned with two or more different phases: Compare homogeneous

Origin of heterogeneous

C17: from Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenēs, from hetero- + genos sort

Derived forms of heterogeneous

  • heterogeneity (ˌhɛtərəʊdʒɪˈniːɪtɪ) or heterogeneousness, noun
  • heterogeneously, adverb

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