Heterogeneous meaning

hĕtər-ə-jēnē-əs, -jēnyəs
The definition of heterogeneous is having diverse ingredients or parts.

An example of heterogeneous is a classroom made up of students from all different backgrounds.

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Composed of unrelated or unlike elements or parts; varied; miscellaneous.
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Consisting of dissimilar elements or parts; not homogeneous.
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Xenogeneic.
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Consisting of dissimilar elements or parts; not homogeneous.
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Xenogeneic.
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Not the same. Contrast with homogeneous.
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Diverse in kind or nature; composed of diverse parts.
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(mathematics) Incommensurable because of different kinds.
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(physics) Having more than one phase (solid, liquid, gas) present in a system or process.
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(chemistry) Visibly consisting of different components.
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(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.
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Differing or opposite in structure, quality, etc.; dissimilar; incongruous; foreign.
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Origin of heterogeneous

  • From Medieval Latin heterogeneus from Greek heterogenēs hetero- hetero- genos kind, race genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary