[huh-moj-uh-nee, hoh-]

noun Biology.

correspondence in form or structure, owing to a common origin.

Nearby words

  1. homogenized,
  2. homogenote,
  3. homogenous,
  4. homogentisic acid,
  5. homogentisuria,
  6. homogonous,
  7. homogony,
  8. homograft,
  9. homograph,
  10. homographic

Origin of homogeny

First recorded in 1620–30, homogeny is from the Greek word homogéneia community of origin. See homo-, -geny

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British Dictionary definitions for homogeny



biology similarity in structure of individuals or parts because of common ancestry

Word Origin for homogeny

C19: from Greek homogeneia community of origin, from homogenēs of the same kind

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Word Origin and History for homogeny



1620s, "uniformity of nature;" by 1856 in biological sense, from Greek homogeneia "community of origin," from homogene "of the same race or kind" (see homogeneous).

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Medicine definitions for homogeny


[hə-mŏjə-nē, hō-]


Similarity of structure between organs or parts, possibly of dissimilar function, that are related by common descent.

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