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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.ˈɹɒ.dʒə.nəs/, /hɛt.ɹə.ˈdʒiː.nɪəs/, /hɛt.ɹəʊ.ˈdʒiː.nɪəs/
- (US) IPA(key): /hɛt(ə).ɹə.ˈdʒi.ni.əs/, /hɛt(ə).ˈɹɑ.dʒə.nəs/, /hɛt(ə).ɹə.ˈdʒi.nɪəs/, /hɛt.ɹoʊ.ˈdʒiː.nɪəs/
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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.
- (composed of diverse parts, or coming from diverse sources): heterologous, diverse, manifold; See also Thesaurus:heterogeneous
diverse in kind
physics: having more than one phase
chemistry: visibly consisting of different components