AskDefine | Define homogeneity

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1 the quality of being similar or comparable in kind or nature; "there is a remarkable homogeneity between the two companies" [syn: homogeneousness] [ant: heterogeneity]
2 the quality of being of uniform throughout in composition or structure

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  1. The state or quality of being homogeneous.


quality of being homogeneous

Extensive Definition

Generally, homogeneity means being the same throughout. For various specialized meanings, see:
  • Homogeneous (mathematics), a variety of meanings
  • In statistics homogeneity can refer to
  • homogeneity (physics), in physics, two particular meanings: On one hand, translational invariance. On the other, homogeneity of units in equations, related to dimensional analysis
  • Homogenetic or homoplastic, in biology, applied both to animals and plants, of having a resemblance in structure, due to descent from a common progenitor with subsequent modification
  • Homogenization is intensive mixing of mutually insoluble phases (sometimes with addition of surfactants) to obtain a soluble suspension or emulsion, for example homogenizing milk so that the cream doesn't separate out
  • In physical chemistry, homogeneous describes a single-phase system as opposed to a heterogeneous system. See also phase diagrams and the classification of catalysts
  • In the context of procurement/purchasing, homogeneous is used to describe goods that do not vary in their essential characteristic irrespective of the source of supply
homogeneity in Czech: Homogenita
homogeneity in French: Homogénéité
homogeneity in Italian: Omogeneità
homogeneity in Dutch: Homogeniteit
homogeneity in Portuguese: Homogeneidade
homogeneity in Russian: Гомогенность
homogeneity in Slovenian: Homogenost

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