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organic

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adjective or·gan·ic \ȯr-ˈga-nik\

Definition of organic

  1. 1 archaic :  instrumental

  2. 2a :  of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organb :  affecting the structure of the organism an organic disease

  3. 3a (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 produceb (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. 4a :  forming an integral element of a whole :  fundamental incidental music rather than organic parts of the action — Francis Fergussonb :  having systematic coordination of parts :  organized an organic wholec :  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. 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.

1509

First Known Use of organic

1509

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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organic

noun or·gan·ic

Definition of organic

  1. :  an organic substance: such asa :  a fertilizer of plant or animal originb :  a pesticide whose active component is an organic compound or a mixture of organic compoundsc :  a food produced by organic farming

1840

First Known Use of organic

1840

Other Chemical Engineering Terms



ORGANIC Defined for English Language Learners

organic

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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

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adjective or·gan·ic \ȯr-ˈga-nik\

Definition of organic for Students

  1. 1 :  relating to or obtained from living things organic matter

  2. 2 :  relating to carbon compounds :  containing carbon

  3. 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

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adjective or·gan·ic \ȯr-ˈgan-ik\

Medical Definition of organic

  1. 1a:  of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organb:  affecting the structure of the organism an organic disease—compare functional 1b

  2. 2a (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 storesb (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

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

organicity

\ˌȯr-gə-ˈnis-ət-ē\play noun plural

organicities


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organic

noun or·gan·ic

Medical Definition of organic

  1. :  an organic substance: asa:  a fertilizer of plant or animal originb:  a pesticide whose active component is an organic compound or a mixture of organic compounds



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