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heterogeneous (ˌhɛtərəʊˈdʒiːnɪəs Pronunciation for heterogeneous



  1. composed of unrelated or differing parts or elements
  2. not of the same kind or type
  3. (chemistry) of, composed of, or concerned with two or more different phases Compare homogeneous

Derived Forms

heterogeneity (ˌhɛtərəʊdʒɪˈniːɪtɪ Pronunciation for heterogeneity , ˌheteroˈgeneousness noun
ˌheteroˈgeneously adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenēs, from hetero- + genos sort

Example Sentences Including 'heterogeneous'

"You can build a heterogeneous SAN [storage area network], which you can access directly with a Mac, a Windows PC, a Linux or Unix box.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
As I say, the greater Bordelais landscape is heterogeneous.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Davenport stared with astonishment at the heterogeneous mass of material that was jumbled together in no pretence at order.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
England, too, was (as it is now) a much more heterogeneous and polyglot place.
Independent (1998)
Here, in eternal cold, the slow crumbling of the crater wall had simply piled fine rubble in a heterogeneous mass.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
Or is it prepared to provide the essential backup, militarily and psychologically, to a heterogeneous coalition operation?
Globe and Mail (2003)
The guests themselves were heterogeneous enough for anything to be taken for granted.
Thomas, Rosie The White Dove
This last term (and, for that matter, the diversity of the other terms) reflects its heterogeneous and perpetually shifting character.
George Monbiot THE AGE OF CONSENT (2003)
We primarily report random effects estimates because most of the pooled results obtained were statistically heterogeneous.
British Medical Journal (2002)


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