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Dictionary Definition

organic adj
1 relating or belonging to the class of chemical compounds having a carbon basis; "hydrocarbons are organic compounds" [ant: inorganic]
2 of or relating to or derived from living organisms; "organic soil"
3 being or relating to or derived from or having properties characteristic of living organisms; "organic life"; "organic growth"; "organic remains found in rock" [ant: inorganic]
4 involving or affecting physiology or bodily organs; "an organic disease" [ant: functional]
5 of or relating to foodstuff grown or raised without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or hormones; "organic eggs"; "organic vegetables"; "organic chicken"
6 simple and healthful and close to nature; "an organic lifestyle"
7 constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup) [syn: constituent(a), constitutional, constitutive(a)] n : a fertilizer that is derived from animal or vegetable matter [syn: organic fertilizer, organic fertiliser]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. pertaining to, derived from, like, of the nature of, an organ of the body
  2. relating to the compounds of carbon, relating to natural products
  3. of food or food products, grown in an environment free from artificial agro-chemicals, and possibly certified organic by a regulatory body.
  4. 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).

Derived terms


pertaining to an organ
in chemistry
of food and food products

See also

Extensive Definition

Organic may refer to:
Materials and substances:
See also Biological material (disambiguation)
Farming, certification and products:
  • Organic agriculture, that which relies on ecosystem management rather than external agricultural inputs
  • Organic certification, accreditation process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products
  • Organic movement, organizations and individuals involved in the promotion of sustainable agriculture and organic farming
  • Organic products, those certified organic
    • Organic food, produced through organic methods, including fruit, vegetables, and meat
    • Organic cotton, clothes and textiles made from organic produced cotton
    • Organic cosmetics, Cosmetic products manufactured by using certified organic botanicals' extracts (organic hydrosol)
    • Organic supplements, dietary supplements manufactured using USDA certified organic ingredients and processes
  • Organic computing, computing systems with properties of self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing, and/or self-protection
  • Organic search, search results through unpaid search engine listings, rather than through paid advertisements
  • Organic semiconductor, an organic compound that exhibits similar properties to inorganic semiconductors
  • Wetware computer (or organic computer), a computer built from living neurons and ganglions
  • Organic search engine, search engine which uses a combination of human operators and computer algorithms
Economics and Business:
  • Organic growth, business expansion through increasing output and sales as opposed to mergers, acquisitions and take-overs
  • Organic organization, one which is flexible and has a flat structure
  • Organic (military), a military unit predominantly of one type (armour, infantry, artillery, etc.) may incorporate subunits of a different type, to improve combined arms capability e.g. organic artillery, organic armour
  • Organic (model), forms, methods and patterns found in living systems, often used as a metaphor for non-living things.
  • Organicism, the biological doctrine which stresses the organization, rather than the composition, of organisms
  • Organic disease, involving or affecting physiology or bodily organs.
  • Biological process, or organic process

See also

organic in Danish: Organisk
organic in German: Organisch
organic in Spanish: Orgánico
organic in Irish: Orgánach
organic in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Organic (disambiguation)
organic in Simple English: Organic
organic in Swedish: Organisk

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