het·​ero·​ge·​neous | \ ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈjē-nē-əs How to pronounce heterogeneous (audio) , ˌhe-trə-, -nyəs\

Definition of heterogeneous

: consisting of dissimilar or diverse ingredients or constituents : mixed an ethnically heterogeneous population

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Other Words from heterogeneous

heterogeneously adverb
heterogeneousness noun

Examples of heterogeneous in a Sentence

the seating in the hall was a heterogeneous collection of old school desk chairs, wood and metal folding chairs, and even a few plush theater seats

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In a country as large, heterogeneous, and heavily armed as the United States, an inclusive and patriotic civic culture was a glue that held things together. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump and Lax Gun Laws Are Tearing America Apart," 7 Aug. 2019 That heterogeneous fandom upends questions about K-pop as cultural property in the U.S. Los Angeles Times, "K-pop brings superfans and diversity to KCON L.A. 2019," 18 Aug. 2019 Managing the urban ecosystem means planting a heterogeneous mix of species — an insurance plan for pests and diseases, like the emerald ash borer, which has been spreading through Massachusetts since 2012. Amy Crawford, BostonGlobe.com, "Urban forests are crucial for combating climate change, but planting more trees is easier said than done," 16 Aug. 2019 As Minnesota has grown more heterogeneous with an influx of refugees, St. Louis Park has positioned itself as a champion of diversity. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A Minnesota city voted to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance. It didn’t go over well.," 28 June 2019 Plant emissions also can vary widely based on the heterogeneous composition of municipal waste, the age and type of emissions control equipment, and how well the plant is operated and maintained over time. Ana Baptista, The Conversation, "Is burning trash a good way to handle it? Waste incineration in 5 charts," 20 June 2019 There is a heterogeneous mix of objects: One finds ceramics from Spain, as well as works by Giovanni Bellini, Andrea del Castagno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, "Extreme Makeover: Renaissance Edition," 1 Aug. 2018 Until now, the movement has remained leaderless and ideologically heterogeneous, with some protesters focused on purchasing power among the working and middle class and others calling for the resignation of Mr. Macron. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "French ‘Yellow-Vest’ Protesters to Seek European Parliament Seats," 23 Jan. 2019 And that includes ethnic individuals in a heterogeneous database. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How should we regulate facial recognition?," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of heterogeneous

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heterogeneous

Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenēs, from heter- + genos kind — more at kin

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English Language Learners Definition of heterogeneous

formal : made up of parts that are different


het·​ero·​ge·​neous | \ ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈjē-nē-əs, ˌhe-trə-, -nyəs How to pronounce heterogeneous (audio) \

Medical Definition of heterogeneous

: not uniform in structure or composition tumors which have a heterogeneous composition by reason of structure and presence of necrosisYear Book of Endocrinology

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