Definition of homogenization in US English:

homogenization

(British homogenisation)

noun

  • 1A process by which the fat droplets from milk are emulsified and the cream does not separate.

    ‘after homogenization and pasteurization, milk travels to one of six storage tanks’
    • ‘Although homogenization is a purely mechanical treatment, it does affect the flavour of the milk, making it blander.’
    • ‘The homogenization of milk was a process patented in 1899 by Auguste Gaulin.’
    • ‘"Raw milk is put through a process of pasteurisation, sterilisation and homogenisation to improve the quality," she said.’
    • ‘In homogenization, a process invented in France, the milk is forced through tiny holes that break the fat into smaller globules.’
    • ‘Homogenisation prevents the glug of cream choking the top of the carton.’
    • ‘The milk is pumped into the processing room for standardization, pasteurization, and homogenization.’
    • ‘Homogenization ensured that fat globules would be broken up and evenly distributed throughout the milk.’
    • ‘It blends the milk, the cream, and the sweeteners into the batch tank through the pasteurization and homogenization processes, then sends the mix to the production floor to be flavored and packaged as ice cream.’
    • ‘The result is that high-pressure homogenization makes two percent milk feel more like whole milk in your mouth.’
    • ‘The new homogenizer is developed for homogenization of non-abrasive products as pasteurised milk, yoghurt milk, juice, and nectar.’
    1. 1.1Biology Preparation of a suspension of cell constituents from tissue by physical treatment in a liquid.
      ‘the mechanical homogenization of leaf tissue’
      • ‘The roots of maize seedlings were cut separately and ground with a pestle in an ice-cold homogenization medium.’
      • ‘Biochemical analysis of plant metabolites and enzyme activities is usually performed following tissue homogenization.’
      • ‘The fluid inclusions had moderate homogenization temperatures between 60 and 175 degrees Celsius.’
      • ‘Both sucrose solutions contained all the protectants present in the homogenization medium.’
      • ‘While mechanical homogenization is easily applied to species with soft leaf tissue, the literature contains very few reports of the successful use of this technique in the isolation of wheat chloroplasts.’
  • 2The process of making things uniform or similar.

    ‘the fear of cultural homogenization is a barrier to some multinational businesses’
    • ‘Any time there is a move toward greater standardization and homogenization of radio formats, it is bad for artists and record companies.’
    • ‘It represents a steady homogenization of the many farming cultures developed over the centuries in response to local conditions.’
    • ‘They advocate subsidies for small organic farmers rather than agribusiness, the promotion of local diversity rather than corporate homogenisation, and agitate for limits of work hours so nobody has to eat on the run.’
    • ‘What I think is more of a worry is the sort of standardisation and homogenisation of myth and film where you're given stories rather than encouraged to develop your own.’
    • ‘The fear of cultural homogenization is a growing presence in several cultures and already is a barrier to some multinational businesses.’
    • ‘In an effort to stave off and global homogenisation, Britain boldly maintained its tradition of driving on the left.’
    • ‘When growth is robust and times are good, the arguments made against globalization are non-economic: it deteriorates labor and environmental standards in other countries and leads to cultural homogenization.’
    • ‘The standardization position contends that firms should deliver similar products and promotion campaigns in all markets because globalization leads to the homogenization of cultures and business practices.’
    • ‘What the group is fighting against is the unquestioning nature in which we accept the hegemonic forces of globalization and the consequent homogenization of culture.’
    • ‘It does seem likely that there will be some homogenization and centralization of policy, still allowing for significant differences among states in terms of the specific methods chosen for its implementation.’

Pronunciation

homogenization

/həˌmɑdʒənəˈzeɪʃ(ə)n//həˌmäjənəˈzāSH(ə)n/