[ huh-moj-uh-nahyz, hoh- ]
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verb (used with object),ho·mog·e·nized, ho·mog·e·niz·ing.
  1. to form by blending unlike elements; make homogeneous.

  2. to prepare an emulsion, as by reducing the size of the fat globules in (milk or cream) in order to distribute them equally throughout.

  1. to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function: to homogenize school systems.

  2. Metallurgy. to subject (metal) to high temperature to ensure uniform diffusion of components.

verb (used without object),ho·mog·e·nized, ho·mog·e·niz·ing.
  1. to become homogenized.

Origin of homogenize

First recorded in 1885–90; homogen(eous) + -ize
  • Also especially British, ho·mog·e·nise .

Other words from homogenize

  • ho·mog·e·ni·za·tion [huh-moj-uh-nahy-zey-shuhn, hoh-], /həˌmɒdʒ ə naɪˈzeɪ ʃən, hoʊ-/, noun
  • ho·mog·e·niz·er, noun
  • o·ver·ho·mog·e·nize, verb (used with object), o·ver·ho·mog·e·nized, o·ver·ho·mog·e·niz·ing.
  • un·ho·mog·e·nized, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for homogenize



/ (hɒˈmɒdʒɪˌnaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to break up the fat globules in (milk or cream) so that they are evenly distributed

  2. to make or become homogeneous

Derived forms of homogenize

  • homogenization or homogenisation, noun
  • homogenizer or homogeniser, noun

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