AskDefine | Define homogeneous

Dictionary Definition

homogeneous adj : all of the same or similar kind or nature; "a close-knit homogeneous group" [syn: homogenous] [ant: heterogeneous]

User Contributed Dictionary



Prefix homo- + gene + -ous


  • 1: /ho.məˈdʒəs/
  • 2: /həˈmɑ.dʒɪ.nəs/


  1. similar, or the same as something else
  2. having the same composition throughout; uniform
  3. in the same state of matter.
  4. see homogeneous (mathematics)


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  • ttbc Arabic: (العربيه: متجانس) (?)

Extensive Definition

Generally, homogeneity means being the same throughout. For various specialized meanings, see:
  • Homogeneous (mathematics), a variety of meanings
  • In statistics homogeneity can refer to
  • homogeneity (physics), in physics, two particular meanings: On one hand, translational invariance. On the other, homogeneity of units in equations, related to dimensional analysis
  • Homogenetic or homoplastic, in biology, applied both to animals and plants, of having a resemblance in structure, due to descent from a common progenitor with subsequent modification
  • Homogenization is intensive mixing of mutually insoluble phases (sometimes with addition of surfactants) to obtain a soluble suspension or emulsion, for example homogenizing milk so that the cream doesn't separate out
  • In physical chemistry, homogeneous describes a single-phase system as opposed to a heterogeneous system. See also phase diagrams and the classification of catalysts
  • In the context of procurement/purchasing, homogeneous is used to describe goods that do not vary in their essential characteristic irrespective of the source of supply
homogeneous in Czech: Homogenita
homogeneous in French: Homogénéité
homogeneous in Italian: Omogeneità
homogeneous in Dutch: Homogeniteit
homogeneous in Portuguese: Homogeneidade
homogeneous in Russian: Гомогенность
homogeneous in Slovenian: Homogenost

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