Definition of homogenize in English:

homogenize

(also homogenise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Subject (milk) to a process in which the fat droplets are emulsified and the cream does not separate:

    ‘homogenized milk’
    • ‘Milk may be homogenized to stop the cream from rising to the top.’
    • ‘For instance, homogenized milk is an emulsion made up of butterfat droplets dispersed in water.’
    • ‘Our milk is ‘cold separated’ and homogenized, but not UHT pasteurized.’
    • ‘Excess cream is removed for standardization and the standardized product is homogenized and further heated to 175 degrees, held for 30 seconds, then quickly cooled to 34 degrees.’
    • ‘Unlike most milk it is standardised, not homogenised, which means that you still get a proper ‘top of the milk’ like the milkman used to deliver.’
    • ‘Not all whipping cream has been homogenised, but it is always pasteurised.’
    • ‘Add the cream - as it is homogenised, it will not curdle.’
    • ‘This cream has been homogenised and pasteurised by heating then quickly cooled to increase its shelf life.’
    1. 1.1Biology Prepare a suspension of cell constituents from (tissue) by physical treatment in a liquid:
      ‘pancreatic tissue from each animal was homogenized’
      • ‘Small numbers of viable streptococci were found in lymph nodes and spleen when these tissues were homogenized and cultured.’
      • ‘Embryogenic tissues were homogenized to a fine powder in liquid nitrogen.’
      • ‘Vesicles were obtained by first homogenizing the tissue then removing the unsolubilized particles in a clinical centrifuge.’
      • ‘The tissue was homogenized in a mixture of acetone and hexane.’
      • ‘Total RNA preparations were made as described in Ashburner, except that tissues were homogenized directly, without previous grinding in liquid nitrogen.’
  • 2often as adjective homogenizedMake uniform or similar:

    ‘a homogenized society’
    • ‘A truer representation of the independent spirit is just not easy to find in our corporate-run, homogenized, boring little world.’
    • ‘Any corporate product is, by its nature, homogenized.’
    • ‘American culture (if you want to call it that) is becoming homogenized to the point where it's getting hard to tell one place from another.’
    • ‘We also know that as things become more homogenized and more commoditized, it's those little differentials - that little extra service perceived in a brand - that gets somebody to pay a few cents more.’
    • ‘It must be as homogenized and all-inclusive so as not to offend the sensibilities of the students or their parents to the point where they don't realize that public education is not freedom at all.’
    • ‘They have been further homogenized, and secularized, in the postwar years of relative affluence by American-style middle-class consumerism.’
    • ‘It's a sad fact, but the opera world has become so businesslike, singing styles so generic, and the stars so homogenized, that there is virtually nothing left to make fun of.’
    • ‘Multiculturalism is a part of oneself, one's own society, no matter how homogenized the society may be.’
    • ‘There is no place in America demonstrably more homogenized or more corporatized than Vegas.’
    • ‘Advertising is one of the most corrupt, thoughtless, homogenized, creatively bankrupt means of communication and artistic expression.’
    • ‘This is not easy, because as a society we are homogenized, scattered and systematically alienated from the landscapes and communities that nurtured us in our youth.’
    • ‘In this scenario, Aboriginal diversity is erased, with linguistic, cultural, and ceremonial differences homogenized within the one stereotypical image.’
    • ‘It's an odd thing to say, but Tokyo is the most homogenized society I've ever seen, especially coming from Toronto where everything is so diverse.’
    • ‘If diversity is always imagined in the same ways, it becomes, ironically, homogenized, and loses its power to unsettle established ways of thinking.’
    • ‘The flip side is that Zambian society has become more homogenized.’
    • ‘Just as America is becoming a monochromatic world of look-alike stores, so too the entire world is getting a bit more homogenized with CNN and the Internet.’
    • ‘How terribly homogenized, predictable and boring we've all become.’
    • ‘Women's experiences tend to be homogenized, and rarely are the voices heard of women from the margins who are multiply oppressed.’
    • ‘The old bands couldn't compete with the new bands - technology let every band sound like they had an orchestra at their command - and yet, all the new music was so homogenized.’
    • ‘Though they maintain a workmanlike attention to detail, entries in the seventh edition feel homogenized, impeccably accurate yet flat and lifeless.’
    make uniform, make similar, unite, integrate, fuse, merge, blend, meld, coalesce, amalgamate, synthesize, combine, join together
    commingle
    commix
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Pronunciation:

homogenize

/həˈmɒdʒənʌɪz/