homogenize


homogenize

homogenize [huh-moj-uh-nahyz, hoh-] Word Origin verb (used with object), ho·mog·e·nized, ho·mog·e·niz·ing.

  1. to form by blending unlike elements; make homogeneous.
  2. to prepare an emulsion, as by reducing the size of the fat globules in (milk or cream) in order to distribute them equally throughout.
  3. to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function: to homogenize school systems.
  4. Metallurgy. to subject (metal) to high temperature to ensure uniform diffusion of components.

verb (used without object), ho·mog·e·nized, ho·mog·e·niz·ing.

  1. to become homogenized.

Also especially British, ho·mog·e·nise. Origin of homogenize First recorded in 1885–90; homogen(eous) + -ize Related formsho·mog·e·ni·za·tion, nounho·mog·e·niz·er, nouno·ver·ho·mog·e·nize, verb (used with object), o·ver·ho·mog·e·nized, o·ver·ho·mog·e·niz·ing.un·ho·mog·e·nized, adjective British Dictionary definitions for homogenise homogenize homogenise verb

  1. (tr) to break up the fat globules in (milk or cream) so that they are evenly distributed
  2. to make or become homogeneous

Derived Formshomogenization or homogenisation, nounhomogenizer or homogeniser, noun Word Origin and History for homogenise v.

chiefly British English spelling of homogenize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Homogenised; homogenising.

homogenize v.

“make similar,” 1742, from homogenous + -ize. Sense of “render milk uniform in consistency” is from 1901. Related: Homogenized; homogenizing.

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