From Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Ancient Greek ἑτερογενής (heterogenḗs, “of different kinds”), from ἕτερος (héteros, “other, another, different”) + γένος (génos, “kind”). Compare hetero- and -ous.
- (UK) IPA(key): /hɛ.tə.ɹə.ˈdʒiː.niː.əs/, /hɛ.tə.ˈɹo.dʒə.nəs/, /ˈhɛt.ɹə.dʒiː.nəs/, /ˈhɛt.ɹəʊ.dʒiː.nəs/
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- Diverse in kind or nature; composed of diverse parts.
He had a large and heterogeneous collection of books.
- (mathematics) Incommensurable because of different kinds.
- (physics, chemistry) Having more than one phase (solid, liquid, gas) present in a system or process.
- (chemistry) Visibly consisting of different components.
- (computing) Of a network comprising different types of computers, potentially with vastly differing memory sizes, processing power and even basic underlying architecture; alternatively, of a data resource with multiple types of formats.
diverse in kind
physics: having more than one phase
chemistry: visibly consisting of different components