organ

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noun

or·​gan ˈȯr-gən How to pronounce organ (audio)
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a
: 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
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a(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)
: an electronic keyboard instrument that approximates the sounds and resources of the pipe organ
(3)
(4)
: any of various similar cruder instruments
b
archaic : any of various musical instruments
especially : wind instrument
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: a subordinate group or organization that performs specialized functions
the various organs of government
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organ-

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combining form

variants or organo-
1
: organ
organogenesis
2
: organic
organomercurial

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The organ looks like a gap in the scales covered by a membrane and allows the snakes to triangulate the location of possible prey, even in the dark, the museum says. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024 Dying of natural causes can be similar to a car shutting down after years of use: Your body slows down and stops, and essential organs stop working. Korin Miller, Health, 2 Apr. 2024 As well as sharing all organs below the waist, the twins also share a bloodstream. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 30 Mar. 2024 Veterinarians removed the arrow, which missed the animal’s lungs and vital organs, and closed up the wounds, the group said. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 29 Mar. 2024 The organ practically announces Clementine’s previous incarnation, though its current usage is often distinctly different from its original purpose. Tom Roland, Billboard, 29 Mar. 2024 Stage 4 cancer refers to a tumor that has spread far from its origins to grow on other organs. Alexander Olawaiye, The Conversation, 27 Mar. 2024 Strep zoo respiratory disease attacks lung function, often causing the organ to bleed and fluid to collect in the surrounding areas, the study said. The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2024 However, in around 1,328 cases, brains survived in the absence of other soft tissues, prompting questions as to why this organ may persist while others decompose. Katie Hunt, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Time Traveler
The first known use of organ was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Organ.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organ. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

organ

noun
or·​gan ˈȯr-gən How to pronounce organ (audio)
1
a
: a keyboard musical instrument in which sets of pipes are sounded by compressed air
b
: an electronic keyboard musical instrument by which sounds like those of an organ are made
2
: a part (as a kidney or leaf) of a person, plant, or animal that consists of cells and tissues and is specialized to do a particular task compare system sense 1b
3
: a way of getting something done
courts are organs of government
4
: a publication (as a newspaper or magazine) of a special group

Medical Definition

organ

noun
or·​gan ˈȯr-gən How to pronounce organ (audio)
: 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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