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
Recent Examples on the Web Teachers and administrators intentionally create heterogeneous groups that allow students to work with others from different backgrounds, which sometimes leads to conflict. Kat Mckim, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 There is a need to create a viable market for tradable rights from very heterogeneous rights in ways that ensure the incumbents are protected, while still allowing the resource to be moved to a much more valuable use. Soulaima Gourani, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 However, learning such equations in heterogeneous solids (for example, due to phase separation) is challenging. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 24 Mar. 2022 The brain is comprised of a heterogeneous network of neurons of different sizes and with shapes that vary from triangular to round, packed more or less tightly in different areas. Helen Shen, Scientific American, 21 June 2013 Are human and animal brains heterogeneous simply because of noisy flukes of evolution? Elizabeth Fernandez, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Talley’s blended style reflected his desire for a more heterogeneous fashion industry. Tanisha C. Ford, The Atlantic, 22 Jan. 2022 As a result, heterogeneous processing is the norm in automotive. Jim Mcgregor, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 On average, businesses are using 2 to 5 heterogeneous tools to gain end-to-end visibility into their systems. Janakiram Msv, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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The first known use of heterogeneous was in 1630

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23 Apr 2022

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“Heterogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogeneous. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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

Other Words from heterogeneous

heterogeneously adverb

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