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-.

heterointoxication
Intoxication by a poison not produced within the body.
heterojunction
In electronics, a junction between two dissimilar semiconductor materials having different energy gaps between their valence and conduction bands.
heterokaryon
In mycology, a fungal cell containing two or more nuclei that are genetically different from each other.
heterokaryosis
heterokeratoplasty
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.
heterokinesia
Executing movements that are the reverse of those one is told to make.
heterolateral
Relating to the opposite side; contralateral.
heteroliteral (adjective); more heteroliteral, most heteroliteral
A reference to stuttering or substituting one letter for another one in pronouncing words: Mr. Stewart had to prepare carefully for his speech because he had a tendency of being heteroliteral and stumbling over his words or faltering while saying his sentences.
heterolith
An intestinal concretion not formed of mineral matter.
heterologous
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.
heterology
heterolysis
In biology, destruction by an outside agent, especially of cells by enzymes or lysins from another organism.
heteromerous
In botany, of a flower, having whorls that vary in number of members from other whorls (an arrangement of three or more parts radiating from a single organ or node).
heterometabolic
Having a pattern of development exhibiting an incomplete metamorphosis.
heterometaplasia
1. A tissue transformation resulting in the development of tissue from cells that normally produce a different type of tissue.
2. Development of tissue into a variety foreign to the part where it is produced.

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-.