heterogenous

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
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adj consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature

Synonyms:
heterogeneous
diversified
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
disparate
including markedly dissimilar elements
inhomogeneous, nonuniform
not homogeneous
different
unlike in nature or quality or form or degree
varied
characterized by variety
Antonyms:
homogeneous, homogenous
all of the same or similar kind or nature
undiversified
not diversified
consistent, uniform
the same throughout in structure or composition
solid
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
same
closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
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adj originating outside the body

Synonyms:
heterogeneous
Antonyms:
autogenic, autogenous
originating within the body
self-generated, self-produced
originating from the self
self-induced
brought about by yourself
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