Homogeneous



[hoh-muh-jee-nee-uh s, -jeen-yuh s, hom-uh-] /ˌhoʊ məˈdʒi ni əs, -ˈdʒin yəs, ˌhɒm ə-/

adjective
1.
composed of parts or elements that are all of the same kind; not heterogeneous:
a homogeneous population.
2.
of the same kind or nature; essentially alike.
3.
Mathematics.

/ˌhəʊməˈdʒiːnɪəs; ˌhɒm-/
adjective
1.
composed of similar or identical parts or elements
2.
of uniform nature
3.
similar in kind or nature
4.
having a constant property, such as density, throughout
5.
(maths)

6.
(chem) of, composed of, or concerned with a single phase Compare heterogeneous
adjective

in chemistry, involving substances in the same phase (solid, liquid, or gas)
Examples

A homogeneous substance is salt, NaCl.
adj.

1640s, from Medieval Latin homogeneus, from Greek homogenes “of the same kind,” from homos “same” (see homo- (1)) + genos “kind, gender, race, stock” (see genus). Earlier in this sense was homogeneal (c.1600).

homogeneous ho·mo·ge·ne·ous (hō’mə-jē’nē-əs, -jēn’yəs)
adj.

(Or “homogenous”) Of uniform nature, similar in kind.
1. In the context of distributed systems, middleware makes heterogeneous systems appear as a homogeneous entity. For example see: interoperable network.
Constrast heterogeneous.
2. (Of a polynomial) containing terms of the same degree with respect to all the variables, as in x^2 + 2xy + y^2.
3. (Of a function) containing a set of variables such that when each is multiplied by a constant, this constant can be eliminated without altering the value of the function, as in cos x/y + x/y.
4. (of an equation) containing a homogeneous function made equal to 0.
(1999-05-06)

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