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homogeneous

[ hoh-muh-jee-nee-uhs, -jeen-yuhs, hom-uh- ]
/ ˌhoʊ məˈdʒi ni əs, -ˈdʒin yəs, ˌhɒm ə- /
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adjective
composed of parts or elements that are all of the same kind; not heterogeneous: a homogeneous population.
of the same kind or nature; essentially alike.
Mathematics.
  1. having a common property throughout: a homogeneous solid figure.
  2. having all terms of the same degree: a homogeneous equation.
  3. relating to a function of several variables that becomes multiplied by some power of a constant when each variable is multiplied by that constant: x2y3is a homogeneous expression of degree 5.
  4. relating to a differential equation in which a linear combination of derivatives is set equal to zero.

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Origin of homogeneous

1635–45; <Medieval Latin homogeneus, equivalent to homogene- (stem of Greek homogenḗs of the same kind; see homo-, gene) + -us-ous

OTHER WORDS FROM homogeneous

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH homogeneous

1. heterogeneous, heterogenous, homogeneous , homogenous2. homogeneous , homogenous
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What does homogeneous mean?

Homogeneous most generally means consisting of parts or elements that are all the same. Something that is homogeneous is uniform in nature or character throughout.

Homogeneous can also be used to describe multiple things that are all essentially alike or of the same kind.

In the context of chemistry, homogeneous is used to describe a mixture that is uniform in structure or composition. The verb homogenize means to make something homogeneous. To homogenize milk is to blend it in a way that results in the milk fat being evenly distributed throughout it. The state of being homogeneous is homogeneity.

The general sense of homogeneous can be used interchangeably with the word homogenous (which is spelled without a second e and is pronounced differently). When used in this general way, homogenous is more commonly used than homogeneous. Homogenous is also used in the context of biology to mean corresponding in structure due to either a common origin or a common environment.

The opposite of most senses of homogeneous is heterogeneous, which most generally means consisting of different, distinguishable parts or elements.

Example: This suburb is so homogeneous—even the houses all look the same.

Where does homogeneous come from?

The first records of the word homogeneous come from around 1640. It comes from the Greek homogenḗs, meaning “of the same kind,” from homo-, “same,” and génos, “kind.”

In every context in which it’s used, homogeneous is used to describe things that are essentially alike or uniform throughout—without any or much variation. The word homogeneous may sound a bit more technical than homogenous and it usually is. In chemistry, homogeneous mixtures are those whose parts are evenly mixed. In math, homogeneous is used to describe things like equations that have similar elements or common properties. In sociology, a society that has little diversity is considered homogeneous.

When used generally, homogeneous is often associated with things that are considered biased, boring, or bland due to being all the same.

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What are some other forms of homogeneous?

  • homogeneously (adverb)
  • nonhomogeneous (adjective)
  • homogeneousness (noun)
  • homogeneity (noun)
  • homogenize (verb)

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How is homogeneous used in real life?

The word homogeneous is used in many technical and scientific contexts, but it’s also used generally.

 

 

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of homogeneous?

A. diverse
B. uniform
C. alike
D. similar

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British Dictionary definitions for homogeneous

homogeneous
/ (ˌhəʊməˈdʒiːnɪəs, ˌhɒm-) /

adjective
composed of similar or identical parts or elements
of uniform nature
similar in kind or nature
having a constant property, such as density, throughout
maths
  1. (of a polynomial) containing terms of the same degree with respect to all the variables, as in x ² + 2 xy + y ²
  2. (of a function) containing a set of variables such that when each is multiplied by a constant, this constant can be eliminated without altering the value of the function, as in cos x / y + x / y
  3. (of an equation) containing a homogeneous function made equal to 0
chem of, composed of, or concerned with a single phaseCompare heterogeneous
Also (for senses 1–4): homogenous

Derived forms of homogeneous

homogeneity (ˌhəʊməʊdʒɪˈniːɪtɪ, ˌhɒm-), nounhomogeneously, adverbhomogeneousness, noun
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Medical definitions for homogeneous

homogeneous
[ hō′mə-jēnē-əs, -jēnyəs ]

adj.
Of the same or similar nature or kind.
Uniform in structure or composition throughout, as of a chemical mixture.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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