Heterogeneous



[het-er-uh-jee-nee-uh s, -jeen-yuh s] /ˌhɛt ər əˈdʒi ni əs, -ˈdʒin yəs/

adjective
1.
different in kind; unlike; incongruous.
2.
composed of parts of different kinds; having widely dissimilar elements or constituents:
The party was attended by a heterogeneous group of artists, politicians, and social climbers.
3.
Chemistry. (of a mixture) composed of different substances or the same substance in different phases, as solid ice and liquid water.
/ˌhɛtərəʊˈdʒiːnɪəs/
adjective
1.
composed of unrelated or differing parts or elements
2.
not of the same kind or type
3.
(chem) of, composed of, or concerned with two or more different phases Compare homogeneous
adj.

1620s, from Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenes, from heteros “different” (see hetero-) + genos “kind, gender, race stock” (see genus). Earlier in same sense was heterogeneal (c.1600).

heterogeneous het·er·o·ge·ne·ous (hět’ər-ə-jē’nē-əs, -jēn’yəs)
adj.
Composed of parts having dissimilar characteristics or properties.

Composed of unrelated parts, different in kind.
Often used in the context of distributed systems that may be running different operating systems or network protocols (a heterogeneous network).
For examples see: interoperable database, middleware.
Constrast homogeneous.
(1999-05-06)

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