[awr-guh-nuh-zey-shuh n]
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  1. the act or process of organizing.
  2. the state or manner of being organized.
  3. something that is organized.
  4. organic structure; composition: The organization of this painting is quite remarkable.
  5. a group of persons organized for some end or work; association: a nonprofit organization.
  6. the administrative personnel or apparatus of a business.
  7. the functionaries of a political party along with the offices, committees, etc., that they fill.
  8. an organism.
  1. of or relating to an organization.
  2. Informal. conforming entirely to the standards, rules, or demands of an organization, especially that of one's employer: an organization mentality.
Also especially British, or·gan·i·sa·tion.

Origin of organization

1375–1425; late Middle English organizacion < Medieval Latin organizātiōn- (stem of organizātiō), equivalent to organizāt(us) (past participle of organizāre; see organize, -ate2) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsor·gan·i·za·tion·al, adjectiveor·gan·i·za·tion·al·ly, adverban·ti·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounmis·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounnon·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounpre·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounsub·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounsu·per·or·gan·i·za·tion, nounun·der·or·gan·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the act of organizing or the state of being organized
  2. an organized structure or whole
  3. a business or administrative concern united and constructed for a particular end
  4. a body of administrative officials, as of a political party, a government department, etc
  5. order or system; method
Derived Formsorganizational or organisational, adjectiveorganizationally or organisationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for organization

mid-15c., "act of organizing," from Middle French organisation and directly from Medieval Latin organizationem (nominative organizatio), noun of action from past participle stem of organizare, from Latin organum "instrument, organ" (see organ). Meaning "system, establishment" is from 1873. Organization man is from title of 1956 book by American sociologist William H. Whyte (1917-1999). Related: Organizational.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

organization in Medicine


  1. The act or process of organizing.
  2. The state or manner of being organized.
  3. Something that has been organized or made into an ordered whole.
  4. Something made up of elements with varied functions that contribute to the whole and to collective functions.
  5. A structure through which individuals cooperate systematically to conduct business.
  6. The conversion of coagulated blood, exudate, or dead tissue into fibrous tissue.
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