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homogenize

[huh-moj-uh-nahyz, hoh-] /həˈmɒdʒ əˌnaɪz, hoʊ-/
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
1885-1890
1885-90; homogen(eous) + -ize
Related forms
homogenization, noun
homogenizer, noun
overhomogenize, verb (used with object), overhomogenized, overhomogenizing.
unhomogenized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for homogenizers

homogenize

/hɒˈmɒdʒɪˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to break up the fat globules in (milk or cream) so that they are evenly distributed
2.
to make or become homogeneous
Derived Forms
homogenization, homogenisation, noun
homogenizer, homogeniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for homogenizers

homogenize

v.

"make similar," 1742, from homogenous + -ize. Sense of "render milk uniform in consistency" is from 1901. Related: Homogenized; homogenizing.

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