homogenize

[huh-moj-uh-nahyz, hoh-]
verb (used with object), homogenized, homogenizing.
1.
to form by blending unlike elements; make homogeneous.
2.
to prepare an emulsion, as by reducing the size of the fat globules in (milk or cream) in order to distribute them equally throughout.
3.
to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function: to homogenize school systems.
4.
Metallurgy. to subject (metal) to high temperature to ensure uniform diffusion of components.
verb (used without object), homogenized, homogenizing.
5.
to become homogenized.
Also, especially British, homogenise.


Origin:
1885–90; homogen(eous) + -ize

homogenization, noun
homogenizer, noun
overhomogenize, verb (used with object), overhomogenized, overhomogenizing.
unhomogenized, adjective
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homogenize or homogenise (hɒˈmɒdʒɪˌnaɪz)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to break up the fat globules in (milk or cream) so that they are evenly distributed
2.  to make or become homogeneous
 
homogenise or homogenise
 
vb
 
homogeni'zation or homogenise
 
n
 
homogeni'sation or homogenise
 
n
 
ho'mogenizer or homogenise
 
n
 
ho'mogeniser or homogenise
 
n

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homogenization

process of reducing a substance, such as the fat globules in milk, to extremely small particles and distributing it uniformly throughout a fluid, such as milk. When milk is properly homogenized, the cream will not rise to the top. The process involves forcing the milk through small openings under high pressure, thus breaking up the fat globules. Cream and other food products, such as peanut butter, may also be homogenized to produce a stable emulsion, i.e., one in which fats or oils will not separate from other elements. A similar process is used in the manufacture of some cosmetics and pharmaceutical products

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Example sentences
And in addition there will be a homogenization of the gene pool, a blending of races.
Samples should not be rinsed with distilled water prior to homogenization.
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