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homogenous

[ huh-moj-uh-nuhs, hoh- ]
/ həˈmɒdʒ ə nəs, hoʊ- /
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adjective

Biology. corresponding in structure because of a common origin.

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Origin of homogenous

First recorded in 1865–70; homo- + -genous

OTHER WORDS FROM homogenous

non·ho·mog·e·nous, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH homogenous

1. heterogeneous, heterogenous, homogeneous, homogenous 2. homogeneous, homogenous
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What does homogenous mean?

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

Homogenous can also be used to describe multiple things that are all essentially alike or of the same kind. When used generally, homogenous is often associated with things that are considered biased, boring, or bland due to lacking variety or diversity.

In the context of chemistry, homogenous is used to describe a mixture that is uniform in structure or composition. The verb homogenize means to make something homogenous. 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 homogenous is homogeneity.

The general sense of homogenous can be used interchangeably with the word homogeneous (which is spelled with 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 homogenous is heterogeneous, which most generally means consisting of different, distinguishable parts or elements.

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

Where does homogenous come from?

The first records of the word homogenous come from around 1870. It comes from the Greek homo-, meaning “same,” and génos, meaning “kind.”

In every context in which it’s used, homogenous 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 popular use, homogenous is used to describe things that lack variety or diversity and are therefore thought to be dull or uninteresting. In this sense, it’s often used to criticize such things.

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What are some other forms of homogenous?

  • homogenously (adverb)
  • nonhomogenous (adjective)
  • homogeny (noun)

What are some synonyms for homogenous?

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How is homogenous used in real life?

The word homogenous is most commonly used in a general way to describe things that are lacking variety or diversity.

 

 

Try using homogenous!

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for homogenous

homogenous
/ (həˈmɒdʒɪnəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or exhibiting homogeny
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for homogenous

homogenous
[ hə-mŏjə-nəs, hō- ]

adj.

Of or exhibiting homogeny.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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