The adjective heterogenous is a somewhat comparative word, suggesting that two or more things are unlike in substance or nature, as in a heterogenous mixture containing two substances that do not totally combine, like oil and water.

We can see the roots of heterogenous in the Greek combination of heteros, meaning "other," and genos, meaning "a kind." So heterogenous means "other kind." The United States, as a melting pot of cultures, contains a heterogenous population. Note that while this spelling is acceptable, the word is more correctly spelled heterogeneous, with the ending adding an "e" before the ous.

Definitions of heterogenous
  1. adjective
    consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature
    synonyms: heterogeneous, hybrid
    having variety of character or form or components; or having increased variety
    assorted, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, sundry
    consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
    including markedly dissimilar elements
    inhomogeneous, nonuniform
    not homogeneous
    unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
    characterized by variety
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    homogeneous, homogenous
    all of the same or similar kind or nature
    not diversified
    consistent, uniform
    the same throughout in structure or composition
    of one substance or character throughout
    self-colored, self-coloured, solid
    of the same color throughout
    homogenised, homogenized
    made homogeneous
    uniform, unvarying
    always the same; showing a single form or character in all occurrences
    closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
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  2. adjective
    originating outside the body
    synonyms: heterogeneous
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    autogenic, autogenous
    originating within the body
    self-generated, self-produced
    originating from the self
    brought about by yourself
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