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

different in kind; unlike; incongruous.
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.
Chemistry. (of a mixture) composed of different substances or the same substance in different phases, as solid ice and liquid water.
composed of unrelated or differing parts or elements
not of the same kind or type
(chem) of, composed of, or concerned with two or more different phases Compare homogeneous

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)
Composed of parts having dissimilar characteristics or properties.


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