heter-, hetero-

(Greek: different, other, another, unlike; irregular, abnormal)

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

heteracanth
Having the spines of the dorsal and anal fins alternately broader on one side than the other.
heteracanthous
In ichthyology, having the spines of the dorsal and anal fins alternately broader on one side than the other.
heteracmy
The ripening of the stamens and pistils of a flower at different times, including proterandry and proterogyny.
heteradelphus
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).
heteradenic
A reference to a glandular structure, but occurring in a part normally devoid of glands.
heteralius
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).
heterandrous
In botany, having stamens or anthers of different forms or various sizes.
heterarchy
Rule of a government by an alien or aliens; a government in which aliens rule.
heteratomic
Consisting of atoms of different kinds.
heterauxesis
The differential growth of body parts resulting in a change of shape or proportion with increase in size.
heterecious
Having more than one host; said of a parasite passing different states of its life cycle in different animals.
heterecism
The occurrence, in a parasite, of two cycles of development passed in two different hosts.
heteresthesia, heteraesthesia (s) (noun); heteresthesias, heteraesthesias (pl)
Variations in the degrees of responses to a cutaneous or skin stimulus from one point to another on the body: Dr. Anderson, the dermatologist, determined the degree of heteresthesia for James by touching areas of his back and the palms of his hands.
heterobiography
A biography written by another person as opposed to an autobiography.
heterocarpous (adjective), more heterocarpous, most heterocarpous
In botany, pertaining to the production of different kinds of fruit.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "another, other, different, alternating, varied, changing": ali-; allo-; alter-; allelo-; mut-; poikilo-; reciproc-; vari-.