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

noun Biology.

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

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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homogeny in Medicine


[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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