het·​ero·​ge·​ne·​i·​ty | \ ˌhe-tə-rō-jə-ˈnē-ə-tē How to pronounce heterogeneity (audio) , ˌhe-trō- \

Definition of heterogeneity

: the quality or state of consisting of dissimilar or diverse elements : the quality or state of being heterogeneous cultural heterogeneity

Examples of heterogeneity in a Sentence

the cultural heterogeneity of its residents is a point of pride for the city
Recent Examples on the Web Variance and heterogeneity provides lessons for industrious winemakers. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 The great difficulty is the fact that the heterogeneity of the symptoms is quite vast. CBS News, 5 June 2022 Such heterogeneity in cities subconsciously plants seeds of appreciation for diversity, tolerance and empathy that can benefit the natural world. Nyeema C. Harris, Scientific American, 22 Apr. 2022 The researchers say their results held true even after controlling for CEO heterogeneity (the tendency of race-running executives to be more talented, athletic, and disciplined overall), past job performance, and other variables. Hannah Weinberger, Outside Online, 22 Sep. 2014 Businesses looking to stay competitive with technology have accepted heterogeneity across cloud infrastructure, services, applications and management. Matthew Morgan, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 The heterogeneity of the disease and the versatility of care open significant opportunities for health tech companies to contribute to better health and longer life of cancer patients. Sergey Avdeychik, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 This heterogeneity is similar to that seen in human and animal brains. Elizabeth Fernandez, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Efforts to clarify these therapeutic mechanisms are further confounded by the considerable heterogeneity in exosome preparations. Michael Eisenstein, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of heterogeneity

1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heterogeneity

see heterogeneous

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15 Jul 2022

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“Heterogeneity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogeneity. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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het·​ero·​ge·​ne·​ity | \ ˌhet-ə-rō-jə-ˈnē-ət-ē, ˌhe-trō- How to pronounce heterogeneity (audio) \
plural heterogeneities

Medical Definition of heterogeneity

: the quality or state of being heterogeneous

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