organ

[ awr-guhn ]
/ ˈɔr gən /

noun

Origin of organ

before 1000; Middle English: musical instrument, pipe organ, organ of the body, tool (< Medieval Latin, Latin organum mechanical device, instrument) < Greek órganon implement, tool, bodily organ, musical instrument, akin to érgon work

Related forms

in·ter·or·gan, adjectivemul·ti·or·gan, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for organ

organ

/ (ˈɔːɡən) /

noun


Word Origin for organ

C13: from Old French organe, from Latin organum implement, from Greek organon tool; compare Greek ergein to work
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Medicine definitions for organ

organ

[ ôrgən ]

n.

A differentiated part of the body that performs a specific function.

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Science definitions for organ

organ

[ ôrgən ]

A distinct part of an organism that performs one or more specialized functions. Examples of organs are the eyes, ears, lungs, and heart of an animal, and the roots, stems, and leaves of a plant.

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Culture definitions for organ

organ

Part of a living thing, distinct from the other parts, that is adapted for a specific function. Organs are made up of tissues and are grouped into systems, such as the digestive system.


Note

The brain, liver, and skin are organs.
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