Definition of Organic

1. Noun. A fertilizer that is derived from animal or vegetable matter.

Exact synonyms: Organic Fertiliser, Organic Fertilizer
Specialized synonyms: Bonemeal, Neem Cake, Manure, Fish Meal, Guano
Generic synonyms: Fertiliser, Fertilizer, Plant Food

2. Adjective. Relating or belonging to the class of chemical compounds having a carbon basis. "Hydrocarbons are organic compounds"
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Antonyms: Inorganic

3. Adjective. Being or relating to or derived from or having properties characteristic of living organisms. "Organic remains found in rock"
Similar to: Integrated, Structured, Nonsynthetic
Antonyms: Inorganic
Derivative terms: Organism

4. Adjective. Involving or affecting physiology or bodily organs. "An organic disease"
Category relationships: Pathology
Antonyms: Functional
Derivative terms: Organ, Organism

5. Adjective. Of or relating to foodstuff grown or raised without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or hormones. "Organic chicken"
Category relationships: Health Food
Similar to: Wholesome

6. Adjective. Simple and healthful and close to nature. "An organic lifestyle"
Similar to: Healthful

7. Adjective. Constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup).
Exact synonyms: Constituent, Constitutional, Constitutive
Similar to: Essential
Derivative terms: Constitute

Definition of Organic

1. a. Of or pertaining to an organ or its functions, or to objects composed of organs; consisting of organs, or containing them; as, the organic structure of animals and plants; exhibiting characters peculiar to living organisms; as, organic bodies, organic life, organic remains. Cf. Inorganic.

Definition of Organic

1. Adjective. (biology) pertaining to or derived from living organisms. ¹

2. Adjective. pertaining to an organ of the body of a living organism. ¹

3. Adjective. (chemistry) relating to the compounds of carbon, relating to natural products ¹

4. Adjective. of food or food products, grown in an environment free from artificial agrichemicals, and possibly certified by a regulatory body. ¹

5. Adjective. (sociology) describing a form of social solidarity theorized by Emile Durkheim that is characterized by voluntary engagements in complex interdepencies for mutual benefit (such as business agreements), rather than mechanical solidarity, which depends on ascribed relations between people (as in a family or tribe). ¹

6. Adjective. (military) Of a military unit or formation, or its elements, belonging to a permanent organization (in contrast to being temporarily attached). ¹

7. Adjective. (Internet of search results) Generated according to the ranking algorithms of a search engine, as opposed to paid placement by advertisers. ¹

8. Noun. (chemistry) An organic compound ¹

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Definition of Organic

1. a substance of animal or vegetable origin [n -S]

Medical Definition of Organic

1. Any foods grown without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides, in soil made rich by composting and mulching. Pertaining to carbon-based compounds produced by living plants, animals or by synthetic processes. (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Organic

organa oculi accessoria
organa sensuum
organa urinaria
organic (current term)
organic acid
organic brain syndrome
organic catalyst
organic chemicals
organic chemist
organic chemistry
organic compound
organic compounds
organic contracture
organic deafness
organic debris
organic delusions
organic dental cement
organic disease

Literary usage of Organic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1858)
"PRODUCTION OF organic BODIES WITHOUT THE AGENCY OK VITALITY. The following is an abstract of a lecture delivered at the Royal Institution, by Professor E. ..."

2. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1912)
"A Handbook of organic Analysis, Qualitative and Quantitative. ... "It is by no means easy to arrange a general plan for testing organic compounds so that ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"to say that while it is scarce a text-book for beginners, it is probably our best text-book of organic chemistry for advanced students. ..."

4. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1909)
"CHAPTER XI ON THE GEOLOGICAL SUCCESSION OF organic BEINGS On the slow and successive appearance of new species—On their different rates of change—Species ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"In both the functional and the organic disorders, our exact diagnosis as to the nature of ... organic Nervous Diseases From pathological-anatomical studies, ..."

6. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1906)
"organic CHANGES AND FEELING.1 By JOHN F. SHEPARD, Ph. D. The experimental work here reported was begun in the early part of November, 1903, ..."

7. Experimental Morphology by Charles Benedict Davenport (1899)
"All organisms may use organic compounds as food ; all organisms which ... This organic food may consist of solutions of definite composition or it may ..."

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