non·​or·​gan·​ic ˌnän-ȯr-ˈga-nik How to pronounce nonorganic (audio)
: not organic: such as
: not relating to, containing, or derived from living things
nonorganic insulation resistant to mold
a nonorganic mulch composed of stone
: not involving the use of organic methods of food production
nonorganic apples
nonorganic farming
nonorganic meat
: not relating to or arising in a bodily organ or part : not due to anatomical or physiological dysfunction
nonorganic hearing loss
nonorganic insomnia

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Everything from formaldehyde to TCEP (a flame retardant) to phthalates can end up in nonorganic mattresses. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, 20 Mar. 2022 Some nonorganic wholesalers use systemic pesticides to keep aphids and other unattractive bugs off their young plants, but the caterpillars who eat those plants also get sick and/or die, Pelton said. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2022 Trees that will be used as wood chips, compost or wildlife habitat have to be stripped of nonorganic materials. oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2021 The problems became public this past spring, when a former employee’s videos showing nonorganic, corn-fed meat being repackaged as Belcampo products went viral. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 After bagging up the sediment from the hearth and bringing it back to the lab, the researchers used a method called manual flotation—essentially, submerging the mixture in water—to separate the organic from the nonorganic material. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 11 Oct. 2021 However, nonorganic material like prosthetics and artificial joints are fetched from the cylinder and removed. Bryan Pietsch, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 That’s because trees are turned into wood chips or compost, and some nonorganic materials can ruin a chipping machine. oregonlive, 5 Jan. 2020 That’s because trees are turned into wood chips or compost, and some nonorganic materials can ruin a chipping machine. oregonlive, 5 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonorganic was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Nonorganic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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