Definition of homogenize in English:


(also homogenise)


  • 1Subject (milk) to a process in which the fat droplets are emulsified and the cream does not separate.

    ‘homogenized milk’
    • ‘For instance, homogenized milk is an emulsion made up of butterfat droplets dispersed in water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This cream has been homogenised and pasteurised by heating then quickly cooled to increase its shelf life.’
    • ‘Not all whipping cream has been homogenised, but it is always pasteurised.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our milk is ‘cold separated’ and homogenized, but not UHT pasteurized.’
    • ‘Add the cream - as it is homogenised, it will not curdle.’
    • ‘Milk may be homogenized to stop the cream from rising to the top.’
    1. 1.1Biology Prepare a suspension of cell constituents from (tissue) by physical treatment in a liquid.
      ‘pancreatic tissue from each animal was homogenized’
      • ‘Total RNA preparations were made as described in Ashburner, except that tissues were homogenized directly, without previous grinding in liquid nitrogen.’
      • ‘Small numbers of viable streptococci were found in lymph nodes and spleen when these tissues were homogenized and cultured.’
      • ‘The tissue was homogenized in a mixture of acetone and hexane.’
      • ‘Vesicles were obtained by first homogenizing the tissue then removing the unsolubilized particles in a clinical centrifuge.’
      • ‘Embryogenic tissues were homogenized to a fine powder in liquid nitrogen.’
  • 2Make uniform or similar.

    ‘a homogenized society’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Any corporate product is, by its nature, homogenized.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this scenario, Aboriginal diversity is erased, with linguistic, cultural, and ceremonial differences homogenized within the one stereotypical image.’
    • ‘There is no place in America demonstrably more homogenized or more corporatized than Vegas.’
    • ‘Women's experiences tend to be homogenized, and rarely are the voices heard of women from the margins who are multiply oppressed.’
    • ‘How terribly homogenized, predictable and boring we've all become.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though they maintain a workmanlike attention to detail, entries in the seventh edition feel homogenized, impeccably accurate yet flat and lifeless.’
    • ‘Advertising is one of the most corrupt, thoughtless, homogenized, creatively bankrupt means of communication and artistic expression.’
    • ‘The flip side is that Zambian society has become more homogenized.’
    • ‘If diversity is always imagined in the same ways, it becomes, ironically, homogenized, and loses its power to unsettle established ways of thinking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Multiculturalism is a part of oneself, one's own society, no matter how homogenized the society may be.’
    • ‘A truer representation of the independent spirit is just not easy to find in our corporate-run, homogenized, boring little world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have been further homogenized, and secularized, in the postwar years of relative affluence by American-style middle-class consumerism.’
    make uniform, make similar, unite, integrate, fuse, merge, blend, meld, coalesce, amalgamate, synthesize, combine, join together
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