[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; < Medieval Latin heterogeneus < Greek heterogenḗs. See hetero-, gene, -ous
Related formshet·er·o·ge·ne·ous·ly, adverbhet·er·o·ge·ne·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedheterogeneous heterogenous homogeneous homogenous

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Antonyms for heterogeneous

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Examples from the Web for heterogeneously

Historical Examples of heterogeneously

  • In such a case I shall say that we are thinking ‘heterogeneously’ about nature.

    The Concept of Nature

    Alfred North Whitehead

  • A shelf ran round the walls, on which were models in plaster, heterogeneously placed, most of them covered with gray dust.


    Honore de Balzac

  • A ragged, coatless, heterogeneously weaponed army, it heaved tumultuously along toward Third Avenue.

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

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

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

British Dictionary definitions for heterogeneously



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
Derived Formsheterogeneity (ˌhɛtərəʊdʒɪˈniːɪtɪ) or heterogeneousness, nounheterogeneously, adverb

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 heterogeneously



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

heterogeneously in Medicine


[hĕt′ər-ə-jēnē-əs, -jēnyəs]


Composed of parts having dissimilar characteristics or properties.
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