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inorganic Line breaks: in|or¦gan¦ic
Pronunciation: /ɪnɔːˈɡanɪk/

Definition of inorganic in English:


1Not consisting of or deriving from living matter.
Example sentences
  • It is no more than a cleverly crafted lump of inorganic matter; its shape and working parts are contrived to facilitate the intended function: the switching around of the circuitry in clearly defined ways.
  • The term ‘fossil’ was used here to mean any object dug up, including minerals and inorganic materials as well as fossils in the modern sense.
  • Try to collect inorganic material that will not rot.
inanimate, not living, lifeless, dead, defunct, extinct, inert;
not natural, not organic, mineral, man-made
1.1Without organized physical structure.
2 Chemistry Relating to or denoting compounds which are not organic (broadly, compounds not containing carbon).
Example sentences
  • Similarly, if the compound is inorganic, an organic solvent, such as water, is needed.
  • Under sulphur-deficient conditions, reduced protein synthesis is accompanied by the accumulation of organic and inorganic nitrogenous compounds.
  • Both organic and inorganic compounds experience elimination reactions.


Example sentences
  • Magnetite is produced inorganically on Earth, but the magnetite crystals produced by magnetotactic bacteria are very different - they are chemically pure and defect-free, with distinct sizes and shapes.
  • The variable thickness of the apparent microgranular layer leads us to suspect that it is in fact an irregular rind of inorganically precipitated, cavity-lining, calcite cement.
  • The hinge is particularly useful in containers that require bending of various container parts, such as in food containers and boxes made from inorganically filled materials.
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