- 1Of, relating to, or derived from living matter: organic soilsMore example sentences
- The carbon dioxide is derived almost entirely from the bacterial decomposition of organic matter in soil.
- The first step in properly decontaminating instruments, whether by hand or machine, is a cool water rinse to remove organic debris.
- Blum has only 13 acres of maintained turf, on which he uses mostly organic fertilizers and low-toxic pesticides.
- 1.1 Chemistry Of, relating to, or denoting compounds containing carbon (other than simple binary compounds and salts) and chiefly or ultimately of biological origin. Compare with inorganic.More example sentences
- During photosynthesis, plants reduce carbon from carbon dioxide to form organic molecules.
- In this process the ether is shaken with an organic solute in aqueous solution.
- Carbohydrates are one of the most widely occurring types of organic compounds.
- 1.2(Of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.More example sentences
pesticide-free, additive-free, natural
- Europe is taking the lead in the shift to sustainable farming practices and organic food production.
- In theory, organic methods of food production sound ideal.
- Perhaps the most obvious immediate alternative to the conventional farming treadmill is for farmers to convert their production to organic methods.
- 2 Physiology Of or relating to a bodily organ or organs.More example sentences
- Common organic causes of her headaches had been ruled out by x-rays, MRI, and spinal tap.
- You can nearly always find an organic explanation in patients with heartburn and with trouble in swallowing if you know what to ask about and what to look for.
- Headaches that are a result of a serious organic medical problem represent only a small percent of children's headaches.
- 2.1 Medicine (Of a disease) affecting the structure of an organ.More example sentences
- A recent study, however, showed that the use of modern technology minimised the likelihood of missing organic disease.
- Often, the fatigue is transient or can be attributed to a definable organic illness.
- The reported patients mostly had normal lung function and did not have diagnosed organic illnesses.
- 3Denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole: the organic unity of the integral work of artMore example sentences
structured, organized, coherent, integrated, coordinated, ordered, harmonious
- I took diverse or disparate elements and gave them some kind of organic unity.
- The majority of the songs on the album blend each element into a full, organic, and integrated whole.
- There is no sense of organic unity in the work as a whole - one is simply taken from event to event, often at speed.
- 3.1Characterized by continuous or natural development: companies expand as much by acquisition as by organic growthMore example sentences
- Have you had goals in mind throughout your career, or has your development been fairly organic?
- Development is an organic process, so we inevitably added and expanded on a few features that greatly improved the product.
- We continue to gain market share in key target markets and achieve good revenue growth from both acquisitions and organic developments.
late Middle English: via Latin from Greek organikos 'relating to an organ or instrument'.