homogeneous

adjective

ho·​mo·​ge·​neous ˌhō-mə-ˈjē-nē-əs How to pronounce homogeneous (audio)
-ˈjēn-yəs
1
: of the same or a similar kind or nature
2
: of uniform structure or composition throughout
a culturally homogeneous neighborhood
3
: having the property that if each variable is replaced by a constant times that variable the constant can be factored out : having each term of the same degree if all variables are considered
a homogeneous equation
homogeneously adverb
homogeneousness noun

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Homogeneous comes from the Greek roots hom-, meaning "same," and genos, meaning "kind." The similar word homogenous is a synonym of the same origin.

Examples of homogeneous in a Sentence

In their natural state, mountains of this type are almost entirely covered by dense forest. The wooded landscape is very uniform, lacking in contrast, and any disturbance of the homogeneous green blanket is very obvious … John Crowley, Focus on Geography, Winter 2007
One odd side effect is that, during the last 20 years, the formerly homogeneous, rather stodgy world of academic criticism has diversified into an incoherent mob of competing factions. Walter Kendrick, New York Times Book Review, 24 Dec. 1995
The Benedictine convents for women, which had begun to be founded soon after Benedict's day, became particularly homogeneous in their social composition. The nuns of the ninth and tenth centuries were all high-born ladies, and it was almost impossible to be admitted to these convents without being a widowed or maiden relative of an important lord. Norman F. Cantor, The Civilization of the Middle Ages, 1993
a fairly homogeneous collection of examples
Recent Examples on the Web Should such a small state with a largely homogeneous population — most of Iowa is white, rural and conservative — garner such attention for its first-in-the-nation status? Faith E. Pinho, Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2024 Many blood cancers are homogeneous, meaning their cells are uniform. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for homogeneous 

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Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin homogeneus, homogenus, from Greek homogenēs, from hom- + genos kind — more at kin

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of homogeneous was in 1641

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“Homogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homogeneous. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

homogeneous

adjective
ho·​mo·​ge·​neous ˌhō-mə-ˈjē-nē-əs How to pronounce homogeneous (audio)
-nyəs
1
: of the same or a similar kind or nature
2
: being the same throughout
a culturally homogenous neighborhood
homogeneity
-jə-ˈnē-ət-ē
noun
homogeneously
-ˈjē-nē-əs-lē
adverb

Medical Definition

homogeneous

adjective
ho·​mo·​ge·​neous -ˈjē-nē-əs, -nyəs How to pronounce homogeneous (audio)
: of uniform structure or composition throughout
homogeneously adverb
homogeneousness noun
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