Another name for a homogeneous mixture is a solution. The term "solution" is more frequently used when a homogeneous mixture is a liquid, although it is sometimes used if the homogeneous mixture is a gas. Another name for a solid homogeneous mixture of metals is an alloy.
Any sample taken from a homogeneous mixture, or solution, has the same proportions of the components of the mixture. Homogeneous mixtures have the same composition and uniform appearance throughout the mixture, even when they are examined at very high levels of magnification. Several different techniques are used to separate the components of a homogeneous mixture by taking advantage of the properties of the mixture's components, such as distillation for separating the components of a liquid solution.