organic

[awr-gan-ik]

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
Related formsor·gan·i·cal·ness, or·ga·nic·i·ty [awr-guh-nis-i-tee] /ˌɔr gəˈnɪs ɪ ti/, nounhy·per·or·gan·ic, adjectivenon·or·gan·ic, adjectivepre·or·gan·ic, adjectivepseu·do·or·gan·ic, adjectivequa·si-or·gan·ic, adjectivesem·i·or·gan·ic, adjectivesub·or·gan·ic, adjectiveun·or·gan·ic, adjective

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organic

adjective

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 carbonan organic compound Compare inorganic (def. 2)
constitutional in the structure of something; fundamental; integral
of or characterized by the coordination of integral parts; organized
developing naturallyorganic change through positive education
of or relating to the essential constitutional laws regulating the government of a stateorganic law
of, relating to, or grown with the use of fertilizers or pesticides deriving from animal or vegetable matter, rather than from chemicals

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 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.

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organic in Medicine

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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organic in Science

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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organic in Culture

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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