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-.

heterotopy
heterotoxic
Poisonous only to species that are different from the organism producing the poison.
heterotoxin
A toxin (poison) introduced into, but formed outside of, the body.
heterotransplant
Xenogeneic transplantation; xenograft.
heterotransplantation
heterotrichosis
1. Growth of hair of different colors on the body.
2. A condition characterized by hair growth of variegated color.
heterotroph
1. Referring to plants occurring in a wide range of habitats on a wide variety of soil types, and of protistans (algae, fungi, and protozoans, et al.) utilizing a wide variety of food materials.
2. An organism, such as any animal or fungus or almost any bacterium, that is unable to synthesize organic compounds from inorganic substances for food and so must consume other organisms or their organic products for survival.
heterotrophic
heteroxeny,
1. Requiring more than one host in the life cycle, said of certain parasites.
2. Infecting more than one kind of host during a life cycle.
heterozoic
Pertaining to another animal or species of animal.

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-.