(comparative more heterogeneous, superlative most heterogeneous)
- Diverse in kind or nature; composed of diverse parts.
- (mathematics) Incommensurable because of different kinds.
- (physics) Having more than one phase (solid, liquid, gas) present in a system or process.
- (chemistry) Visibly consisting of different components.
- (computing) Of a network comprising different types of computers, potentially with vastly differing memory sizes, processing power and even basic underlying architecture; alternatively, of a data resource with multiple types of formats.
From Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Ancient Greek ἑτερογενής (heterogenēs, “of different kinds”), from ἕτερος (heteros, “other, another, different”) + γένος (genos, “kind”). Compare hetero- and -ous.