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[het-uh-roj-uh-nuh s] /ˌhɛt əˈrɒdʒ ə nəs/

adjective, Biology, Pathology.
having its source or origin outside the organism; having a foreign origin.
(biology, med) not originating within the body; of foreign origin: a heterogenous skin graft Compare autogenous

1690s, less-correct form of heterogeneous. Related: Heterogeneity.

heterogenous het·er·og·e·nous (hět’ə-rŏj’ə-nəs)
Not arising within the body; derived from another individual or species.

It’s spelled heterogeneous.


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