organic

[ awr-gan-ik ]
/ ɔrˈgæn ɪk /

adjective

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for organic

organic

/ (ɔːˈɡænɪk) /

adjective

noun

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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Medicine definitions for organic

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 forms

or′gan•ici•ty (ôr′gə-nĭsĭ-tē) n.
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Science definitions for organic

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 organic

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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