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 In both viruses, RNA virus particles emerge that are heterogeneous. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Alzheimer’s, a heterogeneous syndrome entangled with aging, is not likely curable via single-drug approaches. Daniel R. George, STAT, 26 Sep. 2021 Beliefs and behaviors are now increasingly heterogeneous, varying from state to state and, in some cases, town to town. Gregory Barber, Wired, 13 Sep. 2021 In both cases, both virus stocks were remarkably heterogeneous. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 As thousands or sometimes millions of data points and hundreds of heterogeneous features are fed to the model to be analyzed, the complexity amplifies, making the system’s inner workings less comprehensible for even the people building the models. Aparna Dhinakaran, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Using Shang-Chi and Black Panther as models from homogeneous cultures to rival, contrast with, and outwit heterogeneous American culture is a foolhardy errand that can only please a Hollywood-CCP alliance. Armond White, National Review, 8 Sep. 2021 The effect of heterogeneous images in flashing sequence dizzies—physically so, in my case. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 And being the only Black person or person of color in an otherwise heterogeneous office often comes with many burdens, such as enduring microaggressions alone or lacking allies or comrades to advocate for you or who understand your experiences. Arielle Gray, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 July 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Heterogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogeneous. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heterogeneous

: 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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