Heterogeneity refers to a group or mixture composed of several different and distinguishable elements with the naked eye.
Heterogeneity is somewhat heterogeneous, that is, that the elements that compose it are differentiable from each other and form, in turn, part of the same set, mixture or group.
In philosophy, the principle of the heterogeneity of the German Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) establishes that the specific concepts involved must have something in common that one under the same generic concept. In turn, the specificity of each element must be differentiable.
Synonyms of heterogeneity we can find: variety, complexity, diversity, plurality, multiculturalism.
In sociology, social heterogeneity is a term used to refer to society as a social group composed of people with differentiated characteristics, whether of social class, race, gender.
Social heterogeneity in turn implies a cultural difference called cultural heterogeneity. In this sense, the acceptance that different cultures are part of the same group that we call society, helps us to a cultural diversity, personal growth and mutual understanding and understanding.
Structural heterogeneity refers to asymmetry and disparity in the productive and occupational field.
In this sense, the Chilean structuralist economist Aníbal Pinto (1919-1996) warns that there are high productivity actors in the same group along with those of low productivity, a phenomenon especially evident in the periphery areas.
Genetic heterogeneity indicates a series of similar phenotypes (physical characteristics) that may be determined by different genotypes (biological characteristics).
In relation to the above, there is the genetic heterogeneity called allelic resulting from different mutations in the same gene. On the other hand, mutations in different genes are called locus genetic heterogeneity.