Heterogeneity is a word that signifies diversity. A classroom consisting of people from lots of different backgrounds would be considered having the quality of heterogeneity.

The prefix hetero- means "other or different," while the prefix homo- means "the same." Heterogeneity is often used in contrast to homogeneity, which is when two or more people or things are alike. Heterogeneity can also refer to something that is made up of lots of different elements, like a local dialect composed of various languages.

Definitions of heterogeneity

n the quality of being diverse and not comparable in kind

homogeneity, homogeneousness
the quality of being similar or comparable in kind or nature
diverseness, diversity, multifariousness, variety
noticeable heterogeneity
the diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat (or in the world as a whole)
Type of:
the quality of being diverse and interesting

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