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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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 Mustafa moved to Scottsdale a decade ago and joined the commission to create a more integrated, heterogeneous city. Zahra Ahmad, azcentral, "'Scottsdale for All' hopes to spread inclusiveness," 13 July 2018 He was born to a heterogeneous family with ancestors from Africa and Ireland, as well as some who may have crossed the Bering land bridge from Asia and others who were native Americans. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Jazz master Charles Lloyd’s never-ending quest leads to Newport," 18 May 2018 One is to use the increasingly refined tools at our disposal to observe and probe the vast coalitions of highly heterogeneous neurons making up the brain to further delineate the neuronal footprints of consciousness. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 Also, seniors comprise a very heterogeneous group, and many have benefited from the psychotherapies and self-help approaches described in our book. Glenn Ruffenach, WSJ, "Change Your Personality Later in Life? Yes, It Is Possible.," 22 Apr. 2018 Wesson warns the value here can be skewed due to heterogeneous inventory. Griffin Jackson, chicagotribune.com, "'Frenetic and gentrifying': Logan Square a bastion of booze, street art and yes, hipsters," 8 May 2018 And yet the end result of this omnipresence is a kind of absence, as unique places—the heterogeneous fabric of cities, designed by no single architect, the organic sites of our lives—lose their meaning and purpose. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "From architect to tastemaker, Bjarke Ingels is designing the future.," 2 May 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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