[ awr-gan-uh-siz-uhm ]

  1. Philosophy. the view that some systems resemble organisms in having parts that function in relation to the whole to which they belong.: Compare holism (def. 1).

  2. Pathology. the doctrine that all symptoms arise from organic disease.

  1. a view of society as an autonomous entity analogous to and following the same developmental pattern as a biological organism.

Origin of organicism

First recorded in 1850–55; organic + -ism

Other words from organicism

  • or·gan·i·cis·mal, or·gan·i·cis·tic, adjective
  • or·gan·i·cist, noun

Words Nearby organicism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for organicism


/ (ɔːˈɡænɪˌsɪzəm) /

  1. the theory that the functioning of living organisms is determined by the working together of all organs as an integrated system

  2. the theory that all symptoms are caused by organic disease

  1. the theory that each organ of the body has its own peculiar constitution

Derived forms of organicism

  • organicist, noun, adjective
  • organicistic, adjective

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