Definition of organic in English:


Line breaks: or|gan¦ic
Pronunciation: /ɔːˈganɪk


  • 1Relating to or derived from living matter: organic soils
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    • 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.
    living, live, animate, biological, natural
    technical biotic
  • 1.1 Chemistry Relating to or denoting compounds containing carbon (other than simple binary compounds and salts) and chiefly or ultimately of biological origin. Compare with inorganic.
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    • 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.
  • 2(Of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals: organic farming organic meat
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    • 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.
    pesticide-free, additive-free, chemical-free, non-chemical, natural
  • 3 Physiology Relating to a bodily organ or organs.
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    • 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.
  • 3.1 Medicine (Of a disease) affecting the structure of an organ.
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    • 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.
  • 4Denoting or characterized by a harmonious relationship between the elements of a whole: the organic unity of the integral work of art
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    • 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.
  • 4.1Characterized by gradual or natural development: the organic growth of community projects
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    • 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.


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  • 1A food produced by organic farming.
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    • Some foods have been so destroyed by corporate farming that organics are really the only option when it comes to taste.
    • For consumers, prices can be steep - mark-up tends to be higher on organics than on conventional foods.
    • Producers are turning to organics because of concerns about the environment and their own long-term viability.
  • 2An organic chemical compound.
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    • Althought it is a very cold body, scientists hypothesize that watery volcanos could erupt onto the surface, and could even remain liquid for long enough to convert the organic into amino acids.
    • This allows photocatalytic oxidation of organics using a porous titanium dioxide membrane.
    • In our study, there were three types of possible exposures, derived from oil and hydraulic fluids, that were capable of causing the symptoms reported by flight crews: organophosphates, volatile organics, and carbon monoxide.



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  • There are all sorts of avenues for dating, but friendships have to happen organically.
  • He also farms organically because he can make a living on less land.
  • Many ordinary gardeners like you and me are choosing to garden organically.


late Middle English: via Latin from Greek organikos 'relating to an organ or instrument'.

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