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 Therefore, software developers need to learn and use a different—and sometimes proprietary—language for each processing unit in a heterogeneous system, which increases complexity and limits flexibility. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Intel, Heidelberg University team up to bring Radeon GPU support to AI," 30 Sep. 2020 Matching those athletes and politicians who claim allegiance to tribe first and country second, Disney employs examples from homogeneous cultures for consumption by heterogeneous Americans. Armond White, National Review, "Disney’s Mulan Virus," 9 Sep. 2020 The label’s name nods to that heterogeneous topography. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Petite Sirah, one of California’s most maligned wines, gets a lighter, better makeover," 1 Sep. 2020 Humanity is externally heterogeneous, of course, and responses to the pandemic must be shared among nations. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "Metaphors Matter in a Time of Pandemic," 19 May 2020 That is because those infections have a heterogeneous population of bacteria. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Dr. Sanjay Gupta: If the United States were my patient," 17 May 2020 This results in a material much more like concrete, which is a heterogeneous mixture of cement and some kind of sediment. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Trying to Grow Buildings from Bacteria—and It Just Might Work," 27 Mar. 2020 Then Biden won decisively in Florida, which has a more heterogeneous Latino population, including Cuban Americans, many of whom were alienated by Sanders’ comments praising Fidel Castro. Los Angeles Times, "Joe Biden is struggling to reach Latinos. The coronavirus crisis isn’t helping," 24 Apr. 2020 Such models are better able to depict heterogeneous countries, such as the United States, or all of Europe. Martin Enserink, Science | AAAS, "Mathematics of life and death: How disease models shape national shutdowns and other pandemic policies," 25 Mar. 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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7 Oct 2020

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“Heterogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogeneous. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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