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 Our heterogeneous population and racialized economic hierarchy have exposed many people of color to higher levels of risk at home and at work. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic’s Tornado Phase," 2 Apr. 2021 Only recently have heterogeneous communities ofAsian-Americans in Georgia translated their growth into political power, now 7.46 percent of Fulton County. Genevieve Clutario, Harper's BAZAAR, "It's Time to Reckon with the History of Asian Women in America," 23 Mar. 2021 The reason is simple: heterogeneous communities are more likely than homogeneous ones to be able to identify blind spots and correct them. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, "Racism and Sexism in Science Haven’t Disappeared," 1 Oct. 2020 With open and heterogeneous end-to-end infrastructures, operators can turn their networks into platforms for multivendor innovation. Shekar Ayyar, Forbes, "Unleashing A New Breed Of 5G Services: A 2021 Ecosystem Makeover," 1 Mar. 2021 The study’s authors acknowledged that the declines in species might in part reflect changes in GBIF’s collection of data over time or the heterogeneous character of its datasets. Patrick Barkham, Wired, "A Quarter of Known Bee Species Haven’t Been Seen Since 1990," 30 Jan. 2021 Israel knows the ages, medical conditions and other demographic information of a heterogeneous population. Zev Chafets, Star Tribune, "Why Israel was the perfect test case for vaccines," 13 Jan. 2021 Covid-19 is not just heterogeneous in presentation, but in severity. Andrew Joseph @drewqjoseph, STAT, "The coronavirus at 1: A year into the pandemic, what scientists know about how it spreads, infects, and sickens," 14 Dec. 2020 The researchers found the interior of the asteroid was heterogeneous, meaning some parts were more dense than others—something that could account for the Bennu’s odd bulgelike shape, too. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Seeks to Grab a Piece of Asteroid Bennu," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Heterogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogeneous. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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

Other Words from heterogeneous

heterogeneously adverb

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