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

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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 But according to a recent study by Behjati and his colleagues in Nature, human placentas routinely consist of a quilt of different genotypes, and this strange heterogeneity may actually play a role in protecting the fetus from genetic harm. Quanta Magazine, "New Genomic Study of Placenta Finds Deep Links to Cancer," 8 Apr. 2021 Yet, this information can better explain the heterogeneity in firm behavior and its results in terms of, for example, acquisition. Hec Paris Insights, Forbes, "Why Human Capital Could Make Generalists Better CEOs Than Specialists," 19 Mar. 2021 At the very least, the term disorder suggests a common causal structure, which goes against all our current knowledge on causal heterogeneity in psychiatry. Sarah Durston, Scientific American, "We Need to Rename ADHD," 8 Mar. 2021 Despite their different priorities, the three shared a vision of India that preserved its historic heterogeneity, where secularism meant not an absence of religion from the public sphere but a benign, if sometimes mushy, affinity for all faiths. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 The heterogeneity of the United States compared with smaller countries led the Trump administration to discard a uniform national policy in favor of supporting states’ efforts to develop policies tailored to their own unique circumstances. Eric Sun, National Review, "The Mythical Red and Blue State COVID-19 Divide," 19 Nov. 2020 This uneven risk of infection—or heterogeneity—creates hot and cool spots of viral spread. Nsikan Akpan, National Geographic, "A 'herd mentality' can’t stop the COVID-19 pandemic. Neither can a weak vaccine.," 2 Oct. 2020 Hardware heterogeneity, however, complicates software development for these computers, especially when specialized components from a variety of vendors are used in tandem. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Intel, Heidelberg University team up to bring Radeon GPU support to AI," 30 Sep. 2020 But on a larger scale, heterogeneity typically lowers the herd immunity threshold. Quanta Magazine, "The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for COVID-19," 30 June 2020

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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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The first known use of heterogeneity was in 1641

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22 Apr 2021

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“Heterogeneity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogeneity. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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