from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Subject to external or foreign laws or domination; not autonomous.
- adj. Biology Differing in development or manner of specialization, as the dissimilar segments of certain arthropods.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. not autonomous
- adj. differing in development or in specialization
- adj. being a dialect of an autonomous language
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Subject to the law of another.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In biology, of a different kind or order in any series or set of related things; differentiated or specialized in some way from a common type, in accordance with a law of adaptive modification.
- Pertaining to or characterized by heteronomy.
- Subject to or governed by different principles or laws.
- In zoology, made up of dissimilar segments or metameres: said of annelids or arthropods in which the various metameres differ in structure through the suppression of certain organs and the unusual development of others. Opposed to homonomous.
hetero- + Greek nomos, law; see -nomy + -ous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)