# homogeneity

## homogeneity

[hoh-muh-juh-nee-i-tee, hom-uh-]
noun
composition from like parts, elements, or characteristics; state or quality of being homogeneous.
Also, homogeneousness [hoh-muh-jee-nee-uhs-nis, -jeen-yuhs-, hom-uh-] .

Origin:
1615–25; < Medieval Latin homogeneitās, equivalent to homogene(us) homogeneous + -itās -ity

nonhomogeneity, noun
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 homogeneous (ˌhəʊməˈdʒiːnɪəs, ˌhɒm-) —adj 1. composed of similar or identical parts or elements 2. of uniform nature 3. similar in kind or nature 4. having a constant property, such as density, throughout 5. maths a.  (of a polynomial) containing terms of the same degree with respect to all the variables, as in x² + 2xy + y² b.  (of a function) containing a set of variables such that when each is multiplied by a constant, this constant can be eliminated without altering the value of the function, as in cos x/y + x/y c.  (of an equation) containing a homogeneous function made equal to 0 6. chem Compare heterogeneous of, composed of, or concerned with a single phase homogeneity —n homo'geneously —adv homo'geneousness —n

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homogeneity [(hoh-muh-juh-nee-uh-tee, hoh-muh-juh-nay-uh-tee)]

Cultural, social, biological, or other similarities within a group. (Compare heterogeneity.)

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Example sentences
Although the benefits of such industrialization were lower prices and better
products, the cost was homogeneity.
Yet this new homogeneity also carried the price of anonymity, making it
difficult to distinguish one dancer from another.
And a homogeneity of voice neutralizes genuine characterization.
One key point is the need to dispel fallacious stereotypes of the homogeneity
of the elderly population.
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