[ het-uh-roj-uh-nuh s ]
/ ˌhɛt əˈrɒdʒ ə nəs /

adjective Biology, Pathology.

having its source or origin outside the organism; having a foreign origin.

Origin of heterogenous

First recorded in 1685–95; hetero- + -genous
Can be confusedheterogeneous heterogenous homogeneous homogenous
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British Dictionary definitions for heterogenous


/ (ˌhɛtəˈrɒdʒɪnəs) /


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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Medicine definitions for heterogenous


[ hĕt′ə-rŏjə-nəs ]


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