organicism


or·gan·i·cism

noun \r-ˈga-nə-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of ORGANICISM

1
a :  the explanation of life and living processes in terms of the levels of organization of living systems rather than in terms of the properties of their smallest components
b :  vitalism
2
:  any of various theories that attribute to society or the universe as a whole an existence or characteristics analogous to those of a biological organism
or·gan·i·cist \-sist\ noun or adjective

Origin of ORGANICISM

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1883

or·gan·i·cism

noun \r-ˈgan-ə-ˌsiz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ORGANICISM

: a theory that disease is always associated with a structural lesion of an organ

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