het·​ero·​ge·​ne·​i·​ty ˌhe-tə-rō-jə-ˈnē-ə-tē How to pronounce heterogeneity (audio)
: 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 Our older politicians may have a more diverse profile of health conditions than their younger colleagues because of the heterogeneity of aging. Anna Chodos, STAT, 4 Oct. 2023 If these pictures appear to have little in common beyond Dillon’s predilection for them, their heterogeneity is in part his point. Becca Rothfeld, Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2023 According to Ross Dawson and Steve Bynghall, crowdsourcing is a participative online activity in which the organization proposes to a group of individuals of varying knowledge, heterogeneity and number, via an open call, to voluntarily undertake tasks solving current problems. Albana Vrioni, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 Though there is heterogeneity in practice workflow, in general, oncologists traditionally see patients only after the formal diagnosis has been made, and thus play a limited role in the tumultuous period preceding a cancer diagnosis. Samyukta Mullangi and Vinayak Venkataraman, STAT, 31 May 2023 Examining mixed microbial populations representative of distinct microbiomes – and linking growth rate to identity – would provide unprecedented resolution on interspecies heterogeneity and broader ecosystem function. Jeffrey Marlow, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2016 Insights to heterogeneity of crystal mush by S. Storm and others. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2010 These rates are set using health technology assessments that typically do not acknowledge the heterogeneity of treatment effects, despite a rapidly expanding body of scientific evidence demonstrating that the effects of a drug often vary considerably among different subpopulations of patients. Edward Abrahams, STAT, 25 Sep. 2020 Environmental heterogeneity is considered to be important1, yet diversity in seemingly homogeneous environments is nonetheless observed... Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2011 See More

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Word History


see heterogeneous

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heterogeneity was in 1641

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“Heterogeneity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogeneity. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


het·​ero·​ge·​ne·​ity ˌhet-ə-rō-jə-ˈnē-ət-ē, ˌhe-trō- How to pronounce heterogeneity (audio)
plural heterogeneities
: the quality or state of being heterogeneous

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