Definition of Organicism

1. Noun. Theory that the total organization of an organism rather than the functioning of individual organs is the determinant of life processes.

Generic synonyms: Scientific Theory
Category relationships: Holism, Holistic Theory
Derivative terms: Organicistic

Definition of Organicism

1. n. The doctrine of the localization of disease, or which refers it always to a material lesion of an organ.

Definition of Organicism

1. Noun. (philosophy) The treatment of society or the universe as if it were an organism ¹

2. Noun. The theory that the total organization of an organism is more important than the functioning of its individual organs ¹

3. Noun. (dated medicine) The theory that disease is a result of structural alteration of organs ¹

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Definition of Organicism

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Medical Definition of Organicism

1. The doctrine of the localization of disease, or which refers it always to a material lesion of an organ. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Organicism

organic mental syndrome
organic molecule
organic mood syndrome
organic murmur
organic pain
organic phenomenon
organic principle
organic process
organic salt
organic stricture
organic structure
organic vertigo
organicism (current term)

Literary usage of Organicism

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1. Psychology by Michael Maher (1890)
"VITALISM, ANIMISM, organicism. INDIVIDUALITY OF THE HUMAN SOUL.—An obscure passage in Aristotle describing the nature of the Intellects Agens afforded the ..."

2. A Study of Origins: Or, The Problems of Knowledge, of Being and of Duty by Edmond de Pressensé (1885)
"organicism.—organicism excludes design, on the ground that the living creature has properties necessary to the fulfilment of its functions, and that all is ..."

3. The Medical Times and Gazette (1867)
"Ought we to shut you up within the limits of pure vitalism, of transcendental animism, or of uncompromising organicism : Heaven forbid ! ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1916)
"... 3 It has been suggested to mo that if a convenient label is needed for the teaching upheld in this letter the word '' organicism'' might be employed. ..."

5. The Harvey Lectures by Harvey Society of New York, New York Academy of Medicine (1918)
"... letter the word "organicism" might be employed. This word was formerly used in connection with the somewhat similar teaching of such men as Bichat, ..."

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