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Hetero Words: “heteracanth” to “heterologous”,
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Words that includce: hetero-, heter- (Greek: different, other, another, unlike; irregular, abnormal; used as a prefix).

This Greek element forms many scientific and other terms, often in opposition to homo-. Sometimes it is also the opposite of auto-, homoeo-, iso-, ortho-, and syn-.

heteracanth, heteracanthous:
In ichthyology, having the spines of the dorsal and anal fins alternately broader on one side than the other.
The ripening of the stamens and pistils of a flower at different times, including proterandry and proterogyny.
Unequal conjoined twins in which the smaller incomplete parasite is attached to the larger, more nearly normal autosite (that member of abnormal, unequal conjoined twins that is able to live independently and nourish the other member [parasite] of the pair).
A reference to a glandular structure, but occurring in a part normally devoid of glands.
Unequal conjoined twins in which the parasite appears as little more than an excrescence on the autosite (that member of abnormal, unequal conjoined twins that is able to live independently and nourish the other member [parasite] of the pair).
In botany, having stamens or anthers of different forms or shapes.
Rule of a government by an alien or aliens; a government in which aliens rule.
Consisting of atoms of different kinds.
The differential growth of body parts resulting in a change of shape or proportion with increase in size.
Having more than one host; said of a parasite passing different states of its life cycle in different animals.
The occurrence, in a parasite, of two cycles of development passed in two different hosts.
heteresthesia, heteraesthesia:
1. A change occurring in the degree (either plus or minus) of the sensory response to a cutaneous (skin) stimulus as the latter crosses a certain line on the surface.
2. Variations in the degree of response to a cutaneous stimulus from one point to another on the body.
heterobiography, heterobiographical:
A biography written by another person as opposed to an autobiography.
heterocarpous, heterocarpian:
In botany, producing fruit of different kinds.
1. Applied to a composite plant bearing flower-heads of different kinds, male and female.
2. A fetus with two unequal heads.
heterochiral, heterocheiral, heterochirally:
1. An identical form but with lateral inversion, as the right and left hands; opposite of homochiral.
2. Reversed as regards right and left, but otherwise the same in form and size, such as the hands.
3. Relating to or a reference to the other hand.
heterochromia, heterochromic, heterochronism, heterochrome, heterochromous:
1. In medicine, a difference in color between two organs (especially the eyes), or between different parts of the same organ, that are usually the same color.
2. Having an abnormal difference in coloration.
heterochromatic, heterochromatism:
Relating to or possessing more than one color; relating to light or other radiation of more than one wavelength.
heterochronia, heterochronic, heterochronism, heterochronistic:
1. Occurring at different times; irregular; intermittent; applied to the pulse.
2. The occurrence of a process, or development of a tissue, organ, or organic form, at an abnormal time.
3. Origin or development of tissues or organs at an unusual time or out of the regular sequence.
heterodactyl, heterodactylous:
Having the toes, or one of them, irregular or abnormal, as certain families of birds.
Having the skin or integument (outer covering or coat) of different structures in different parts, as certain fishes and serpents; opposite of homodermatous.
Denoting a skin graft taken from a member of another species.
Having teeth of different kinds or forms (incisors, canines, and molars), as most mammals.
heterodox, heterodoxy:
1. Of doctrines, opinions, etc. that are not considered in accordance with established doctrines or opinions, or those generally recognized as right or orthodox; originally in religion and theology.
2. A reference to people who hold opinions not in accord with some acknowledged standard in matters of belief or opinion.
1. Running in different or opposite directions.
2. Turning in opposite directions on the main stem and on a branch, as the generating spiral of a phyllotaxis.
Unequal conjoined twins in which the incomplete parasite, consisting of head and neck and, to some extent, thorax, is attached to the anterior surface of the autosite.
Of or relating to the combination of two different radio frequencies.
1. A parasite occupying two or more different hosts at different stages of a life cycle.
2. A non host-specific parasite.
3. A reference to a unisexual organism in which male and female gametes are produced by different individuals.
A condition of sexual excitement brought about by congress with a person of the opposite sex.
1. A gamete (a mature reproductive cell) produced by the heterogametic sex.
2. A gamete belonging to one of two distinguishable types. A gamete may fuse with another gamete of the opposite sex, to form a zygote (fertilized gamete); the male gametes are known as sperms and the female gametes as eggs.
heterogamous, heterogamy:
The succession of differently organized generations of animals or plants where sexual generation alternates with parthenogenesis.
heterogenous, heterogeneous:
1. Of one body in respect of another, or of various bodies in respect to each other; that is, diverse in kind or nature, of completely different characters; incongruous; foreign.
2. Composed of diverse elements or constituents; consisting of parts of different kinds; not homogeneous.
heterogenesis, heterogenetic, heterogenic:
1. The birth or origination of a living being otherwise than from a parent of the same kind.
2. The generation of animals or vegetables of low organization from inorganic matter; abiogenesis; spontaneous generation.
3. In medicine, of a disease: produced by infection from outside the body.
4. Alternation of generations.
Any parageusia (perversion of the sense of taste) in which all gustatory (taste) stimuli are distorted in a similar way.
Having differently shaped jaws.
A graft taken from an individual of a species different from that of the recipient; a heterotransplant; xenograft.
heterography, heterographic, heterographical:
1. Spelling that differs from that which is correct according to current usage; “incorrect” spelling.
2. Irregular and inconsistent spelling.
heterogynal, heterogynous:
A reference to species of animals in which the females are of two kinds, perfect or fertile, and imperfect or “neuter”, as in bees, ants, etc.
Intoxication by a poison not produced within the body.
In electronics, a junction between two dissimilar semiconductor materials having different energy gaps between their valence and conduction bands.
heterokaryon, heterokaryosis:
In mycology, a fungal cell containing two or more nuclei that are genetically different from each other.
1. Keratoplasty in which the cornea from one species of animal is grafted to the eye of another species.
2. Grafting of corneal tissue from an individual of a species other than that of the recipient.
Executing movements that are the reverse of those one is told to make.
Relating to the opposite side; contralateral.
Marked by the substitution of one letter for another in pronouncing words.
An intestinal concretion not formed of mineral matter.
heterologous, heterology:
1. Having a different relation, or consisting of different elements; not corresponding.
2. Made up of tissue not normal to the part; xenogeneic.
3. Pertaining to antigen and antibody that are not homologous, i.e., the antigen is not the one that elicited the production of the antibody.