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[het-er-uh-nim] /ˈhɛt ər ə nɪm/

a word spelled the same as another but having a different sound and meaning, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).
one of two or more words pronounced differently but spelt alike: the two English words spelt “bow” are heteronyms Compare homograph

“word having the same spelling as another but with a different sound and meaning,” 1880s, also “a thing’s name in one language that is an exact translation of its name in another;” from hetero- + -onym “name” (see name). Related: Heteronymic; heteronymous.


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  • Heteronymous

    [het-uh-ron-uh-muh s] /ˌhɛt əˈrɒn ə məs/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a heteronym. 2. having different names, as a pair of correlatives: Father and son are heteronymous relatives.

  • Heteronymous diplopia

    heteronymous diplopia het·er·on·y·mous diplopia (hět’ə-rŏn’ə-məs) n. A form of double vision in which the false image is on the same side as the healthy eye. Also called crossed diplopia.

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    heteronymous hemianopsia n. See crossed hemianopsia.

  • Heteropathy

    heteropathy het·er·op·a·thy (hět’ə-rŏp’ə-thē) n. Abnormal sensitivity to stimuli.

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