or·​gan·​i·​cism ȯr-ˈga-nə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce organicism (audio)
: the explanation of life and living processes in terms of the levels of organization of living systems rather than in terms of the properties of their smallest components
: any of various theories that attribute to society or the universe as a whole an existence or characteristics analogous to those of a biological organism
organicist noun or adjective

Example Sentences

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First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of organicism was in 1883

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“Organicism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


or·​gan·​i·​cism ȯr-ˈgan-ə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce organicism (audio)
: a theory that disease is always associated with a structural lesion of an organ

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