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[awr-gan-ik] /ɔrˈgæn ɪk/
noting or pertaining to a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only those existing in or derived from plants or animals, but that now includes all other compounds of carbon.
characteristic of, pertaining to, or derived from living organisms:
organic remains found in rocks.
of or relating to an organ or the organs of an animal, plant, or fungus.
of, relating to, or affecting living tissue:
organic pathology.
Psychology. caused by neurochemical, neuroendocrinologic, structural, or other physical impairment or change: organic disorder.
Compare functional (def 5).
Philosophy. having an organization similar in its complexity to that of living things.
characterized by the systematic arrangement of parts; organized; systematic:
elements fitting together into a unified, organic whole.
of or relating to the basic constitution or structure of a thing; constitutional; structural:
The flaws in your writing are too organic to be easily remedied.
developing in a manner analogous to the natural growth and evolution characteristic of living organisms; arising as a natural outgrowth.
viewing or explaining something as having a growth and development analogous to that of living organisms:
an organic theory of history.
pertaining to, involving, or grown with fertilizers or pesticides of animal or vegetable origin, as distinguished from manufactured chemicals:
organic farming; organic fruits.
Law. of or relating to the constitutional or essential law or laws of organizing the government of a state.
Architecture. noting or pertaining to any work of architecture regarded as analogous to plant or animal forms in having a structure and a plan that fulfill perfectly the functional requirements for the building and that form in themselves an intellectually lucid, integrated whole.
Fine Arts. of or relating to the shapes or forms in a work of art that are of irregular contour and seem to resemble or suggest forms found in nature.
a substance, as a fertilizer or pesticide, of animal or vegetable origin.
Origin of organic
1350-1400; Middle English: pertaining to an organ of the body < Latin organicus by or employing a mechanical device, instrumental < Greek organikós equivalent to órgan(on) organ + -ikos -ic
Related forms
organicalness, organicity
[awr-guh-nis-i-tee] /ˌɔr gəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
hyperorganic, adjective
nonorganic, adjective
preorganic, adjective
pseudoorganic, adjective
quasi-organic, adjective
semiorganic, adjective
suborganic, adjective
unorganic, adjective
8. inherent, fundamental, basic.
1. inorganic. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for organicity


of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of living plants and animals
of or relating to animal or plant constituents or products having a carbon basis
of or relating to one or more organs of an animal or plant
of, relating to, or belonging to the class of chemical compounds that are formed from carbon: an organic compound Compare inorganic (sense 2)
constitutional in the structure of something; fundamental; integral
of or characterized by the coordination of integral parts; organized
developing naturally: organic change through positive education
of or relating to the essential constitutional laws regulating the government of a state: organic law
of, relating to, or grown with the use of fertilizers or pesticides deriving from animal or vegetable matter, rather than from chemicals
any substance, such as a fertilizer or pesticide, that is derived from animal or vegetable matter
organic food collectively
Derived Forms
organically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for organicity



1510s, "serving as an organ or instrument," from Latin organicus, from Greek organikos "of or pertaining to an organ, serving as instruments or engines," from organon "instrument" (see organ). Sense of "from organized living beings" is first recorded 1778 (earlier this sense was in organical, mid-15c.). Meaning "free from pesticides and fertilizers" first attested 1942. Organic chemistry is attested from 1831.

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organicity in Medicine

organic or·gan·ic (ôr-gān'ĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, or affecting organs or an organ of the body.

  2. Of or designating carbon compounds.

  3. Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms.

  4. Using or produced with fertilizers of animal or vegetable matter, using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

  5. Free from chemical injections or additives, such as antibiotics or hormones.

or'gan·ic'i·ty (ôr'gə-nĭs'ĭ-tē) n.
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organicity in Science

  1. Involving organisms or the products of their life processes.

  2. Relating to chemical compounds containing carbon, especially hydrocarbons.

  3. Using or produced with fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin.

  4. Relating to or affecting organs or an organ of the body. An organic disease is one in which there is a demonstrable abnormality on physical examination, laboratory testing, or other diagnostic studies.

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organicity in Culture

organic definition

In medicine, a descriptive term for things or conditions that have to do with an organ in the body. The term can also refer to something that is derived from living organisms.

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