A metric space M = (M; d) is homogeneous if for every isometry f of a finite subspace of M to a subspace of M there exists an isometry of M onto M extending f . The space M is universal if it isometrically embeds every finite metric space F with dist(F) ⊆ dist(M) (with dist(M) being the set of distances between points in M).
A metric space U is a Urysohn metric space if it is homogeneous, universal, separable, and complete. (We deduce as a corollary that a Urysohn metric space U isometrically embeds every separable metric space M with dist(M) ⊆ dist(U).)
The main results are: (1) A characterization of the sets dist(U) for Urysohn metric spaces U. (2) If R is the distance set of a Urysohn metric space and M and N are two metric spaces, of any cardinality with distances in R, then they amalgamate disjointly to a metric space with distances in R. (3) The completion of every homogeneous, universal, separable metric space M is homogeneous.
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