Definition of homogeneous in English:


Syllabification: ho·mo·ge·ne·ous
Pronunciation: /ˌhōməˈjēnēəs
(also homogenous /həˈmäjənəs/)


  • 1Of the same kind; alike: timbermen prefer to deal with homogeneous woods
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    • This notion of difference focuses on women as homogeneous; as though they all are alike, and different from men in the same way.
    • However, these results were based on a sample of university men who were fairly homogeneous in age, sexual experience, and frequency of intercourse.
    • The study shows that property taxes are most regressive in municipalities where homeowner incomes vary widely but property values are relatively homogeneous.
  • 1.1Consisting of parts all of the same kind: culturally speaking the farmers constitute an extremely homogeneous group
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    • The legend in Australia was that everyone is the same, living in a classless, regionless, ethnically homogeneous society with the same history and a universal accent.
    • A culturally homogeneous society whose members subscribe and adhere to one system of beliefs and practices is in the realm of fiction.
    • Perhaps the hybridity is difficult to see on the surface, given how homogeneous Argentinean society appears to be, especially in terms of race and class.
  • 1.2 Mathematics Containing terms all of the same degree.
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    • In this work, Moritz Cantor has discovered, Feuerbach introduces homogeneous coordinates.
    • A test of homogeneity also was conducted to determine if the 1986 and 1987 regression coefficients were homogeneous and could be pooled.
    • This is what you do with homogeneous differential equations.



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  • The contestants are from ‘diverse backgrounds’ - television-speak meaning that they are homogeneously good-looking and career-driven.
  • Its population is small, much more homogeneously white than the Democratic Party as a whole, and it thinks differently than Democrats do elsewhere in the country.
  • Most models of metabolic and signal-transduction pathways describe the cell as a ‘well-stirred reactor’, its soluble components distributed homogeneously throughout.


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  • A number of eyewitnesses stress the lack of ethnic homogeneousness within what superficial observers regarded as being cohesive Italian settlements in American cities.
  • And it is not just ethnic minorities who are challenging received ideas of Japanese homogeneousness.
  • The explanation had to account for the homogeneousness of the snakes.


early 17th century (as homogeneity): from medieval Latin homogeneus, from Greek homogenēs, from homos 'same' + genos 'race, kind'.


The usual spelling is homogeneous, and the spelling homogenous is traditionally regarded as an error. Homogenous is a different word, a specialized biological term meaning ‘having a common descent,’ which has been largely replaced by homologous. 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.

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