[awr-gan-ik] /ɔrˈgæn ɪk/
noting or pertaining to a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only those existing in or derived from plants or animals, but that now includes all other compounds of carbon.
characteristic of, pertaining to, or derived from living :
organic remains found in rocks.
of or relating to an or the of an animal, plant, or fungus.
of, relating to, or affecting living tissue:
Psychology. caused by neurochemical, neuroendocrinologic, structural, or other physical impairment or change: organic disorder.
Compare (def 5).
Philosophy. having an similar in its complexity to that of living things.
characterized by the systematic arrangement of parts; ; systematic:
elements fitting together into a unified, organic whole.
of or relating to the basic constitution or structure of a thing; constitutional; structural:
The flaws in your writing are too organic to be easily remedied.
developing in a manner analogous to the natural growth and evolution characteristic of living ; arising as a natural outgrowth.
viewing or explaining something as having a growth and development analogous to that of living :
an organic theory of history.
pertaining to, involving, or grown with fertilizers or pesticides of animal or vegetable origin, as distinguished from manufactured chemicals:
organic farming; organic fruits.
Law. of or relating to the constitutional or essential law or laws of the government of a state.
Architecture. noting or pertaining to any work of architecture regarded as analogous to plant or animal forms in having a structure and a plan that fulfill perfectly the functional requirements for the building and that form in themselves an intellectually lucid, integrated whole.
Fine Arts. of or relating to the shapes or forms in a work of art that are of irregular contour and seem to resemble or suggest forms found in nature.
a substance, as a fertilizer or pesticide, of animal or vegetable origin.
of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of living plants and animals
of or relating to animal or plant constituents or products having a carbon basis
of or relating to one or more organs of an animal or plant
of, relating to, or belonging to the class of chemical compounds that are formed from carbon: an organic compound Compare inorganic (sense 2)
constitutional in the structure of something; fundamental; integral
of or characterized by the coordination of integral parts; organized
developing naturally: organic change through positive education
of or relating to the essential constitutional laws regulating the government of a state: organic law
of, relating to, or grown with the use of fertilizers or pesticides deriving from animal or vegetable matter, rather than from chemicals
any substance, such as a fertilizer or pesticide, that is derived from animal or vegetable matter
organic food collectively
1510s, “serving as an organ or instrument,” from Latin organicus, from Greek organikos “of or pertaining to an organ, serving as instruments or engines,” from organon “instrument” (see organ). Sense of “from organized living beings” is first recorded 1778 (earlier this sense was in organical, mid-15c.). Meaning “free from pesticides and fertilizers” first attested 1942. Organic chemistry is attested from 1831.
organic or·gan·ic (ôr-gān’ĭk)
or’gan·ic’i·ty (ôr’gə-nĭs’ĭ-tē) n.
In medicine, a descriptive term for things or conditions that have to do with an organ in the body. The term can also refer to something that is derived from living organisms.
- Organic acid
organic acid n. Any of various acids containing one or more carbon-containing radicals. organic acid An acid that is an organic compound, especially a carboxylic acid.
- Organically grown
adjective developed without using artificial chemicals and minimally processed before being sold fresh
- Organic brain syndrome
organic brain syndrome n. Abbr. OBS Any of a group of acute or chronic syndromes involving temporary or permanent impairment of brain function caused by trauma, infection, toxin, tumor, or tissue sclerosis, and causing mild-to-severe impairment of memory, orientation, judgment, intellectual functions, and emotional adjustment. Also called organic mental syndrome.
noun 1. the branch of chemistry, originally limited to substances found only in living organisms, dealing with the compounds of carbon. noun 1. the branch of chemistry concerned with the compounds of carbon: originally confined to compounds produced by living organisms but now extended to include man-made substances based on carbon, such as plastics Compare […]