/het'euhr euh jee"nee euhs, -jeen"yeuhs/, adj.
1. different in kind; unlike; incongruous.
2. composed of parts of different kinds; having widely dissimilar elements or constituents: The party was attended by a heterogeneous group of artists, politicians, and social climbers.
3. Chem. (of a mixture) composed of different substances or the same substance in different phases, as solid ice and liquid water.
[1615-25; < ML heterogeneus < Gk heterogenés. See HETERO-, GENE, -OUS]
Syn. 2. varied, diverse.
Ant. 2. homogeneous.

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