organ

noun
or·​gan | \ ˈȯr-gən \

Definition of organ

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a archaic : any of various musical instruments especially : wind instrument
b(1) : a keyboard instrument in which sets of pipes are sounded by compressed air and produce a variety of timbres

called also pipe organ

(2) : reed organ
(3) : an electronic keyboard instrument that approximates the sounds and resources of the pipe organ
(4) : any of various similar cruder instruments
2a : a differentiated structure (such as a heart, kidney, leaf, or stem) consisting of cells and tissues and performing some specific function in an organism
b : bodily parts performing a function or cooperating in an activity the eyes and related structures that make up the visual organs
3 : a subordinate group or organization that performs specialized functions the various organs of government
variants: or organo-

Definition of organ- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : organ organogenesis
2 : organic organomercurial

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Examples of organ in a Sentence

Noun

the legislative organ of our government that newspaper is intended as an organ for the whole university community

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Much of plants’ intelligence is hidden below ground, in the roots, their most important organ. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘The Revolutionary Genius of Plants’ Review: Thinking Like a Flower," 4 Jan. 2019 Well, consuming certain nutrients in supplement form versus food form can induce oxidative stress rather than treating it — and cause more harm than good to your organs. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 There are a number of abnormal but typically benign growths that can occur on your reproductive organs, including ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, uterine/endometrial polyps, and cervical polyps. Amy Marturana, SELF, "12 Causes of Spotting and Breakthrough Bleeding," 28 Dec. 2018 Hutcherson went on to explain how tightened pelvic floor muscles can also cause intense pain during orgasm as your pelvic floor supports all your internal organs. Corinne Werder, Allure, "Want to Have Better Sex? Stop Worrying About Orgasms," 11 Oct. 2018 Here are three common conditions that might be causing your next-level cramps: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease This is an infection in your reproductive organs, typically caused by an untreated STD (yep, just another reason to always use a condom). Elizabeth Kiefer, Teen Vogue, "What Is A Period? 10 Things To Know About Your Menstrual Cycle," 6 Sep. 2018 Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé on How She Learned to Love Her Body After Giving Birth," 6 Aug. 2018 Our skin cells are epithelial cells, as are the cells that form the walls of many of our organs. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Discover a New Shape That Might Be Inside You Right Now," 30 July 2018 Within a week, the cells were growing into organoids—small blobs of tissue similar to organs in mature organisms. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Researchers grow a placenta in a petri dish," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of organ

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for organ

Noun

Middle English, partly from Old English organa, from Latin organum, from Greek organon, literally, tool, instrument; partly from Anglo-French organe, from Latin organum; akin to Greek ergon work — more at work

Combining form

Greek organon

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organ

noun

English Language Learners Definition of organ

: a part of the body (such as the heart or liver) that has a particular function

—used as a polite way of saying penis

: a musical instrument that has a keyboard and pipes of different lengths and that makes sound by pushing air through the pipes

organ

noun
or·​gan | \ ˈȯr-gən \

Kids Definition of organ

1 : a musical instrument played by means of one or more keyboards and having pipes sounded by compressed air
2 : a part of a person, plant, or animal that is specialized to perform a particular function The eye is an organ of sight.
3 : a way of getting something done Courts are organs of government.

organ

noun
or·​gan | \ ˈȯr-gən \

Medical Definition of organ

: a differentiated structure (as a heart or kidney) consisting of cells and tissues and performing some specific function in an organism

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