From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



homo- +‎ gene +‎ -ous



homogenous (comparative more homogenous, superlative most homogenous)

  1. (biology) Having the same genetic structure; exhibiting homogeny.
    Synonym: homologous
    • 1893 January, Alexander Macalister, “The Study of Man”, in Popular Science Monthly, volume 42:
      Whatever may have been the origin of the former, we know that the latter are not homogenous, but are the mixed descendants of the several Fomorian, Nemedian, Firbolg, Tuatha de Danaan, and Milesian immigrations, with which has been combined in later times a strong admixture of Scandinavian blood.
  2. (see usage notes) Alternative form of homogeneous (having the same composition)
    • 2021, Christian Joppke, Neoliberal Nationalism: Immigration and the Rise of the Populist Right, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 47:
      A term coined by the French New Right intellectual, Alain de Benoist, ethnopluralism stipulates the “equivalency of homogenous peoples in their indigenous territories.”

Usage notes[edit]

According to The Oxford Guide to English Usage, homogenous is a frequent error for homogeneous. According to oxforddictionaries.com, homogenous for homogeneous is traditionally seen as an error, but is now frequent and can be regarded as an established variant.[1]

Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ homogeneous”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022: “From the evidence of the Oxford English Corpus, the spelling homogeneous has become significantly less common since 2000, and around a third of citations for the word now use the form homogenous. This can now be regarded as an established variant.”.