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organic

adjective or·gan·ic \ ȯr-ˈga-nik \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of organic

1 archaic :instrumental
2 a :of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organ
b :affecting the structure of the organism
  • an organic disease
3 a (1) :of, relating to, or derived from living organisms
  • organic evolution
(2) :of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides
  • organic farming
  • organic produce
b (1) :of, relating to, or containing carbon compounds
  • organic solvents
(2) :relating to, being, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with the carbon compounds of living beings and most other carbon compounds
  • studied organic chemistry in college
4 a :forming an integral element of a whole :fundamental
  • incidental music rather than organic parts of the action
  • —Francis Fergusson
b :having systematic coordination of parts :organized
  • an organic whole
c :having the characteristics of an organism :developing in the manner of a living plant or animal
  • society is organic
  • many new coinages … stem from the normal organic structure of the language
  • —William Chomsky
5 :of, relating to, or constituting the law by which a government or organization exists
  • their nation has written the separation of church and state into its organic law
  • —Paul Blanshard

organically

play \ȯr-ˈga-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

organicity

play \ˌȯr-gə-ˈni-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of organic in a Sentence

  1. He thinks of the city not as a collection of different neighborhoods but as an organic whole.

  2. This neighborhood is an organic part of the city.

Recent Examples of organic from the Web

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First Known Use of organic

1509

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organic

noun

Definition of organic

:an organic substance: such as
a :a fertilizer of plant or animal origin
b :a pesticide whose active component is an organic compound or a mixture of organic compounds
c :a food produced by organic farming

Recent Examples of organic from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'organic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of organic

1840

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ORGANIC Defined for English Language Learners

organic

adjective

Definition of organic for English Language Learners

  • of food : grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals

  • : not using artificial chemicals

  • : of, relating to, or obtained from living things


ORGANIC Defined for Kids

organic

adjective or·gan·ic \ ȯr-ˈga-nik \

Definition of organic for Students

1 :relating to or obtained from living things
  • organic matter
2 :relating to carbon compounds :containing carbon
3 :being, involving, or producing food grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals
  • organic beans
  • organic farming

Medical Dictionary

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organic

adjective or·gan·ic \ ȯr-ˈgan-ik \

medical Definition of organic

1 a :of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organ
b :affecting the structure of the organism
  • an organic disease
— compare functional 1b
2 a (1) :of, relating to, or derived from living organisms
(2) :relating to, yielding, dealing in, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides
  • organic stores
b (1) :of, relating to, or containing carbon compounds
(2) :relating to, being, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with the carbon compounds of living beings and most other carbon compounds

organically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

organicity

play \ˌȯr-gə-ˈnis-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties

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organic

noun

medical Definition of organic

:an organic substance: as
a :a fertilizer of plant or animal origin
b :a pesticide whose active component is an organic compound or a mixture of organic compounds


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