heterogeneous

adjective

het·​ero·​ge·​neous ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈjē-nē-əs How to pronounce heterogeneous (audio)
ˌhe-trə-,
-nyəs
: consisting of dissimilar or diverse ingredients or constituents : mixed
an ethnically heterogeneous population
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 The fact that there are more conflicts and more complaints on today’s heterogeneous campuses does not mean that the more homogeneous campuses of the past were islands of tolerance. David Cole, The New York Review of Books, 15 Feb. 2024 For some people—perhaps even a majority with systemic lupus—a single drug may not be sufficient to address the heterogeneous nature of the condition, and a lot of work is now looking at how combinations of existing drugs may help patients with specific subtypes of SLE. Markham Heid, TIME, 27 Dec. 2023 The patients are heterogeneous, and research suggests even the fat in sickened livers can be made up of different lipid combinations depending on the person. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 28 Dec. 2023 Miocene apes evolved in more heterogeneous habitats including early grasslands. Ryan McRae, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023 The ability to manage uncertainties is made possible by heterogeneous people resources, concepts, methods and external linkages. Jonathan H. Westover, Ph.d, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 By contrast, Earth’s mantle is mostly heterogeneous. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2023 Technically, this makes these new AMD CPUs a heterogeneous design, like Intel has been shipping for a few years now, or like Apple and other chipmakers have been shipping for even longer. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 2 Nov. 2023 Though contemporary corporate publishing is superficially more diverse, less reliant on an exclusionary social sphere, than publishing of the postwar years was, the industry still struggles to foster a heterogeneous literary culture. Kevin Lozano, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heterogeneous was in 1630

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Cite this Entry

“Heterogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogeneous. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

heterogeneous

adjective
het·​er·​o·​ge·​neous
ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈjē-nē-əs,
-nyəs
: differing in kind : consisting of dissimilar parts : mixed
a heterogeneous population
heterogeneously adverb
heterogeneousness noun

Medical Definition

heterogeneous

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

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