nonorganic

adjective
non·​or·​gan·​ic | \ˌnän-ȯr-ˈga-nik \

Definition of nonorganic 

: not organic: such as

a : not relating to, containing, or derived from living things nonorganic insulation resistant to mold a nonorganic mulch composed of stone

b : not involving the use of organic methods of food production nonorganic apples nonorganic farming nonorganic meat

c : not relating to or arising in a bodily organ or part : not due to anatomical or physiological dysfunction nonorganic hearing loss nonorganic insomnia

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In such labs, technicians can dissolve away nonorganic molecules and take a full index of the remaining organic ones, including, say, fatty acids with an even number of carbon atoms—a hallmark of life. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA rover hits organic pay dirt on Mars," 7 June 2018 The greens are priced competitively with nonorganic fare, yet the process uses 97 percent less water than a conventional farm and no pesticides or herbicides, since bugs and weeds are less likely to get in. Andrew Rosenblum, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Local Company Is Building the Farm of the Future From Shipping Containers," 8 Mar. 2018 Although overall food sales and nonorganic food products grew less than 1 percent, organic food sales increased by 8.4 percent and organic nonfood products, such as skin and hair care products, rose by 8.8 percent. Ted Griggs, The Seattle Times, "Source of organic coffee, beef, pancake mix? Louisiana," 8 Dec. 2017 Some nonorganic materials can ruin a chipping machine. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Is it too soon to take down the Christmas tree? If not, here are fast ways to recycle greenery," 26 Dec. 2017 Advocates are also concerned about pesticide residues that can be found in nonorganic cotton in pads or tampons, as well as adhesive chemicals used in pads or other additives used to improve absorbency. Michael Alison Chandler, Washington Post, "‘How do I know my tampons are safe?’: More women push for detailed labels on feminine care products," 20 June 2017 Nonorganic Walla Walla sweets should be available all over the place. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "What’s so great about Walla Walla sweet onions?," 7 June 2017 Will those who don’t subsist entirely on raw produce be able to tell a difference between organic and nonorganic fruit, as Mr. Evans claims to do? David Gelles, New York Times, "How Organic Avenue Lost All Its Juice NOV. 4, 2015," 31 Mar. 2016

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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