Definition of homogeneous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhɒmə(ʊ)ˈdʒiːnɪəs/
Pronunciation: /ˌhəʊmə(ʊ)ˈdʒiːnɪəs/
(also homogenous /həˈmɒdʒɪnəs/)


1Of the same kind; alike: if all jobs and workers were homogeneous
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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: a homogeneous society
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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.
alike, all alike, of the same kind, much the same, all the same, the same, all one, all of a piece
informal much of a muchness
1.2 Mathematics Containing terms all of the same degree.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 Chemistry Denoting a process involving substances in the same phase (solid, liquid, or gaseous): homogeneous catalysis
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  • It converts organic solvents into a stable gel, providing an organometallic model for a catalyst to be used efficiently in a single phase, homogeneous catalytic reaction.
  • One of the factors that makes process engineers think twice before choosing homogeneous catalysis, however, is the problem of separation.
  • The requirements of homogeneous diesel combustion processes give additional impetuses to the continued development of piezo controls for unit injector systems.


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.



Pronunciation: /ˌhɒməˈdʒiːnɪəsli/
Pronunciation: /ˌhə(ʊ)məˈdʒiːnɪəsli/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˌhɒməˈdʒiːnɪəsnəs/
Pronunciation: /ˌhə(ʊ)məˈdʒiːnɪəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with homogeneous

genius, heterogeneous, ingenious

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Line breaks: homo|ge¦neous

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