in·​or·​gan·​ic | \ ˌin-(ˌ)ȯr-ˈga-nik How to pronounce inorganic (audio) \

Definition of inorganic

1a(1) : being or composed of matter other than plant or animal : mineral
(2) : forming or belonging to the inanimate world
b : of, relating to, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with substances not usually classed as organic
2 : not arising from natural growth : artificial also : lacking structure, character, or vitality dull inorganic things, without individuality or prestige — John Buchan

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inorganically \ ˌin-​(ˌ)ȯr-​ˈga-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce inorganic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of inorganic in a Sentence

producing energy from inorganic materials
Recent Examples on the Web For example, inorganic arsenic ranged from 28% to 93% higher in Hain’s finished baby food than had been estimated by tests of the individual ingredients. Roni Caryn Rabin,, "Some baby food may contain toxic metals, US reports," 4 Feb. 2021 Wood's track record in mergers and acquisitions aligns with Donaldson's life sciences growth strategy, which includes possible inorganic growth, Carpenter said. Star Tribune, "Donaldson's new vice president leads filtration company's life sciences push," 24 Jan. 2021 And it’s the first inorganic blue pigment discovered in more than 200 years. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Episode 7: An Accidental Case of the Blues," 8 Dec. 2020 Many years ago, organic humanity chose to initiate the sequences to upload their minds onto an inorganic platform and thereby attain immortality. Lettie Prell, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Collaborative Configurations of Minds’ by Lettie Prell," 4 Dec. 2020 Javier Garcia Martinez is a professor of inorganic chemistry and director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Alicante. Scientific American, "Contributors to 'Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2020'," 17 Nov. 2020 The spongy substance is not exactly a new form of calcium carbonate, says Fiona Meldrum, a professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Leeds who was not part of the new study. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Science on the half shell: Mussels yield new material," 10 Nov. 2020 Some sampled organic and inorganic gases, while others counted particles. Matt Simon, Wired, "What Happens When You Fly a Science Plane Through Wildfire Smoke," 3 Nov. 2020 The fertilizer Lawes manufactured contained a soluble, inorganic form of phosphorus that plants can readily use. Julia Rosen, National Geographic, "Farmers are facing a phosphorus crisis. The solution starts with soil.," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of inorganic

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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The first known use of inorganic was in 1729

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“Inorganic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inorganic

: made from or containing material that does not come from plants or animals


in·​or·​gan·​ic | \ ˌin-ˌȯr-ˈgan-ik How to pronounce inorganic (audio) \

Medical Definition of inorganic

1a : being or composed of matter other than plant or animal an inorganic heart
b : forming or belonging to the inanimate world
2 : of, relating to, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with substances not usually classified as organic

Other Words from inorganic

inorganically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce inorganic (audio) \ adverb

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