in·​ho·​mo·​ge·​ne·​i·​ty (ˌ)in-ˌhō-mə-jə-ˈnē-ə-tē How to pronounce inhomogeneity (audio) -ˈnā- How to pronounce inhomogeneity (audio)
 also nonstandard  -ˈnī-;
 especially British  -ˌhä-mə-
plural inhomogeneities
: the condition or an instance of not being homogeneous
: a part that is not homogeneous with the larger uniform mass in which it occurs
especially : a localized collection of matter in the universe
inhomogeneous adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At that time, various physicists, including Hawking, were trying to patch up a serious problem (too much inhomogeneity) in Guth’s original inflation theory. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inhomogeneity was in 1899

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“Inhomogeneity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


ˌin-ˌhō-mə-jə-ˈnē-ət-ē, -ˈnā-; especially British -ˌhäm-ə-
plural inhomogeneities
: lack of homogeneity
inhomogeneous adjective
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