Origin of heterogenoushetero- + -genous
The definition of heterogenous refers to something originating outside of the body, or to things that are not from the same source.
Proteins that originate and are found outside of the body are an example of something that would be described as heterogenous.
Not arising within the body; derived from another individual or species: a heterogenous bone transplant.
Variant of heterogeneous
- Provisionally this genus has been grouped with the Ratitae, which at any rate are a heterogenous assembly.
- The colony of the Straits Settlements, and to a lesser extent the towns of the Federated Malay States, carry a considerable heterogenous population, in which most of the races of Asia find their representatives.
- A theory which seems plausible is that which assumes them to have been a heterogenous collection of Mongol, Tungus, Turki and perhaps even Finnish hordes under a Mongol military caste, though the Mongolo-Tungus element probably predominated.