Definition of heterogeneity in US English:

heterogeneity

noun

  • The quality or state of being diverse in character or content.

    ‘the genetic heterogeneity of human populations’
    • ‘The spatial distribution of snakes around the den exhibits substantial heterogeneity, with densities often varying markedly between adjacent areas.’
    • ‘The world system became characterized by cultural heterogeneity.’
    • ‘Even though there was significant heterogeneity in the sizes of these treatment effects, the progress results are repeatedly presented as amalgamated data.’
    • ‘Weak-culture firms exhibit heterogeneity in participants' beliefs about the relationship between the organization and its environment.’
    • ‘The test is known to be poor at detecting true heterogeneity among studies as significant.’
    • ‘We can observe and quantify molecular heterogeneity.’
    • ‘It is clear that a significant proportion of heterogeneity in outcome of infectious disease can be attributed to deviation of the immune response in one direction or the other.’
    • ‘Examination of the table indicates that there was wide variability on all measures, suggesting a fair amount of heterogeneity in this sample of adolescents.’
    • ‘The global category needs to be unpacked to incorporate local heterogeneity of agricultural and social form as a precursor to understanding situated processes of change.’
    • ‘Coupled with differences in national agendas, industry heterogeneity also influences the type of partner with which firms enter into joint ventures.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin heterogeneitas, from heterogeneus (see heterogeneous) + -ity.

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