Homogenization



[huh-moj-uh-nahyz, hoh-] /həˈmɒdʒ əˌnaɪz, hoʊ-/

verb (used with object), homogenized, homogenizing.
1.
to form by blending unlike elements; make .
2.
to prepare an emulsion, as by reducing the size of the fat globules in (milk or cream) in order to distribute them equally throughout.
3.
to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function:
to homogenize school systems.
4.
Metallurgy. to subject (metal) to high temperature to ensure uniform diffusion of components.
verb (used without object), homogenized, homogenizing.
5.
to become homogenized.
/hɒˈmɒdʒɪˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to break up the fat globules in (milk or cream) so that they are evenly distributed
2.
to make or become homogeneous
n.

1803 (from 1905 specifically of milk); see homogenize + -ation.
v.

“make similar,” 1742, from homogenous + -ize. Sense of “render milk uniform in consistency” is from 1901. Related: Homogenized; homogenizing.

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