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[het-uh-roj-uh-nuh s]
adjective Biology, Pathology.
  1. having its source or origin outside the organism; having a foreign origin.
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Origin of heterogenous

First recorded in 1685–95; hetero- + -genous
Can be confusedheterogeneous heterogenous homogeneous homogenous
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Examples from the Web for heterogenous

Historical Examples

  • This precaution had not been taken by the English gentleman's heterogenous company.

    The Red River Half-Breed

    Gustave Aimard

  • At half-past eight, found a heterogenous mixture of the articles slightly digested.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience

    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen

  • "Velocity of circulation" is a blanket name for a complex and heterogenous set of activities of men.

    The Value of Money

    Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

  • Provisionally this genus has been grouped with the Ratitae, which at any rate are a heterogenous assembly.

  • It was really Alfred's first appearance before a heterogenous audience.

British Dictionary definitions for heterogenous


  1. biology med not originating within the body; of foreign origina heterogenous skin graft Compare autogenous
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Word Origin and History for heterogenous


1690s, less-correct form of heterogeneous. Related: Heterogeneity.

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heterogenous in Medicine


  1. Not arising within the body; derived from another individual or species.
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