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organic

[ awr-gan-ik ]
/ ɔrˈgæn ɪk /
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adjective

noun

a substance, as a fertilizer or pesticide, of animal or vegetable origin.

Nearby words

organa, organdie, organdy, organelle, organelles, organic, organic acid, organic brain syndrome, organic chemistry, organic compound, organic compounds

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
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British Dictionary definitions for nonorganic

organic

/ (ɔːˈɡænɪk) /

adjective

noun

any substance, such as a fertilizer or pesticide, that is derived from animal or vegetable matter
organic food collectively
Derived Formsorganically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nonorganic

organic


adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for nonorganic

organic

[ ôr-gănĭk ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or affecting organs or an organ of the body.
Of or designating carbon compounds.
Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms.
Of, marked by, or involving the use of fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin.
Raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals.
Related formsor′gan•ici•ty (ôr′gə-nĭsĭ-tē) n.
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Science definitions for nonorganic

organic

[ ôr-gănĭk ]

Involving organisms or the products of their life processes.
Relating to chemical compounds containing carbon, especially hydrocarbons.
Using or produced with fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin.
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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Culture definitions for nonorganic

organic


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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