Definition of organic in English:

organic

adjective

  • 1Relating to or derived from living matter.

    ‘organic soils’
    • ‘Bacteria use oxygen to convert organic waste to carbon dioxide, water, and more bacteria.’
    • ‘Small, metal objects deeply embedded in soft tissue pose a lower risk for complication than even superficially embedded organic material, such as wood.’
    • ‘If you don't add organic matter you destroy the soil.’
    • ‘It is made by breaking down organic waste with the help of earthworms.’
    • ‘The iodine released when the complex is in contact with the skin is not only available to kill microorganisms, but is also adsorbed by dead skin cells or other organic material.’
    • ‘The first step in properly decontaminating instruments, whether by hand or machine, is a cool water rinse to remove organic debris.’
    • ‘Sandflies are found around human habitations and breed in specific organic wastes such as feces, manure, rodent burrows, and leaf litter.’
    • ‘If the native soil is sandy, use 50 percent soil and 50 percent organic material.’
    • ‘The sediment, rich in heavy metal elements and organic substances, takes in dissolved oxygen and discharges smelly waste such as methane and sulphide into the water.’
    • ‘Mulch adds organic matter to the soil as it breaks down, and it also shades the soil in summer and insulates it in winter.’
    • ‘In buildings, fungi attack dead organic material, which in nature would fall to the forest floor and be broken down as part of the nitrogen cycle.’
    • ‘Blum has only 13 acres of maintained turf, on which he uses mostly organic fertilizers and low-toxic pesticides.’
    • ‘Once your patrons eat it, it will be broken up about as much as anything organic can be, and then burned up in the metabolic process and released energetically.’
    • ‘In terms of dating, the data are somewhat inconclusive because structured organic material (pollen and spores) are rare in most samples.’
    • ‘Some of the material is organic in nature and is easily dealt with by microbial action.’
    • ‘Almost all, though, contain some organic element, whether it's a shard of bamboo or a wooden peg.’
    • ‘A soil rich in organic matter will help provide nutrients as well as improve drainage.’
    • ‘The growing and dying of the mosses, lichens and grasses added organic matter to the soil.’
    • ‘Dairygold said in a statement that the natural organic waste spreading in Ballyduff and Camphire is fully treated and is both non-toxic and non-hazardous.’
    • ‘The carbon dioxide is derived almost entirely from the bacterial decomposition of organic matter in soil.’
    living, live, animate, biological, natural
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    1. 1.1Chemistry Relating to or denoting compounds containing carbon (other than simple binary compounds and salts) and chiefly or ultimately of biological origin.
      Compare with inorganic
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mix was heated up and given an electrical charge and simple organic molecules were formed.’
      • ‘Airborne particles can be organic or inorganic in nature and can range in size from 0.001 micrometers to several hundred micrometers.’
  • 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’
    • ‘The co-op encourages farmers interested in organic farming to talk to producers who have already made the transition.’
    • ‘Bradley received $36,500 to create a statewide network of organic livestock producers working with organic grain producers.’
    • ‘Just 66 additives are permitted in organic food production, and they must come from natural sources and exclude sweeteners and colourings.’
    • ‘A former president of the Soil Association, Helen has been actively involved in promoting the benefits of organic methods to the farming community.’
    • ‘He has a national reputation as an advocate of organic foods.’
    • ‘We eat mostly organic, healthy food.’
    • ‘The stands will offer speciality foods such as organic meats, fruit and vegetables, home baking, smoked fish, chutneys and relishes, she explained.’
    • ‘Exhibitors will also offer organic foods to taste - from wheat-free pasta to juice, organic meat, baby food, wine, chocolate and more.’
    • ‘The salad bars are stocked with seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farms, most of which use sustainable or organic farming methods.’
    • ‘Planning crop rotations is something that organic farmers must take seriously.’
    • ‘You don't see enough organic wines on restaurant lists, so this Catalan blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay is a real find.’
    • ‘In the Thirties, Rachel's Organic became Britain's first certified organic dairy farm.’
    • ‘Consumers usually buy organic food because of the lack of pesticides and chemicals used during production.’
    • ‘As organic farmers we already know about the many benefits of cover crops.’
    • ‘Meat produced from animals that receive antibiotics also could not be labeled organic.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most obvious immediate alternative to the conventional farming treadmill is for farmers to convert their production to organic methods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The report noted a continuing general lack of knowledge of exactly what is involved in organic farming and food production.’
    • ‘They are confident that they can produce organic beef, but marketing it is a challenge.’
    pesticide-free, additive-free, chemical-free, non-chemical, natural
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  • 3Physiology
    Relating to a bodily organ or organs.

    • ‘However, studies on patients with fibromyalgia find an organic basis for symptoms in only a small proportion of people.’
    • ‘Headaches that are a result of a serious organic medical problem represent only a small percent of children's headaches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Common organic causes of her headaches had been ruled out by x-rays, MRI, and spinal tap.’
    • ‘If no organic disorder is found on endoscopy, empiric therapy appears to be the most reasonable approach.’
    1. 3.1Medicine (of a disease) affecting the structure of an organ.
      • ‘The reported patients mostly had normal lung function and did not have diagnosed organic illnesses.’
      • ‘Increasing age and underlying organic brain disease are two major risk factors for confusion in any patient hospitalized with sepsis.’
      • ‘Sexual dysfunction may be symptomatic of organic or psychiatric disease.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 4Denoting or characterized by a harmonious relationship between the elements of a whole.

    ‘the organic unity of the integral work of art’
    • ‘This confessional record was prompted by ‘changes in her life’, and it is a natural, organic work, melodic yet quirkily experimental too.’
    • ‘As a ‘legacy force’ unit, we had a robust organic support structure.’
    • ‘Operational and tactical effectiveness have an organic relationship; neither in isolation is likely to bring battlefield victory.’
    • ‘The next morning, I stumble downstairs to find the corporate machine whirring along with seamless organic synergy.’
    • ‘The majority of the songs on the album blend each element into a full, organic, and integrated whole.’
    • ‘Survival depended on operating as an integrated organic whole.’
    • ‘These elements include comprehensive planning for the city as an organic whole, and emphases on the circulation of goods and people, on order and security, and on hygiene and health.’
    • ‘Instead of a coherent whole expressing an organic unity through every aspect of its being, the engineers hand us a bag of separate traits.’
    • ‘The film is filled to overflowing with strange and wondrous images, but they all feel organic to that world, never thrown on screen simply for their own sake.’
    • ‘The new methods had a major impact on urban archaeology, as the town became envisaged more as an organic whole.’
    • ‘I took diverse or disparate elements and gave them some kind of organic unity.’
    • ‘Driven by the visuals, not its own logic, it is a series of musical vignettes rather than an organic whole.’
    • ‘In effect, his gender typecasting distances fathers from the organic web of relationships stressed in the early sections of the book and traps mothers within them.’
    • ‘It's the kind of organic synergy businesses dream about.’
    • ‘Research has shown that although many organizations are adopting organic structures there are many that are not, even though they are in similar kinds of markets.’
    • ‘There is no sense of organic unity in the work as a whole - one is simply taken from event to event, often at speed.’
    • ‘Health systems need to be organic and flexible rather than rigid and mechanistic.’
    • ‘An intelligence staff is organic to the brigade and its subordinate battalions and squadron.’
    • ‘In 1968, however, the two churches officially stated that their goal is full, organic unity.’
    • ‘The work is a mixture of new and old texts, and original and traditional melodies, seamlessly forming an organic whole.’
    structured, organized, coherent, integrated, coordinated, ordered, systematic, systematized, methodical, orderly, consistent, harmonious, methodized
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    1. 4.1 Characterized by gradual or natural development.
      ‘the organic growth of community projects’
      • ‘We are experiencing strong organic growth complemented by targeted acquisitions.’
      • ‘Goodwin was rattled by criticism that the £2.9bn profit was flattered by dealing revenues, pointing out that a large chunk of income growth was organic.’
      • ‘Have you had goals in mind throughout your career, or has your development been fairly organic?’
      • ‘The longer we oppose this painful, yet necessarily organic and gradual process, the longer the failures of capitalism go uncorrected.’
      • ‘His approach to the project was collaborative and organic in nature.’
      • ‘My resolve not to drink didn't come from making a vow but arose spontaneously from within as part of the gradual and organic unfolding of my intrinsic nature.’
      • ‘All growth has been organic, and achieved without spending a penny on marketing.’
      • ‘We will grow through organic growth, the extension of existing brands and the launch of new and innovative products.’
      • ‘The business is currently profitable on a month-by-month basis and organic growth should allow it to double its million-plus turnover annually, he adds.’
      • ‘Acquisitions and joint ventures open up huge opportunities for companies that would either take too long or be impossible to develop through organic growth.’
      • ‘Our organic growth was more than 10 per cent last year.’
      • ‘The development of the group has been pretty organic.’
      • ‘It's hard to tell if his cynicism is the result of living in the ‘English’ world or if it's part of the natural, organic process of growing up.’
      • ‘Whilst trading conditions remain competitive, sales are expected to pick up in 2005 and the company intends to focus on organic growth going forward.’
      • ‘This is an organic form of economic development whose growth will be more like the internet or the blogosphere than some giant centralized program.’
      • ‘The next few years should also see organic sales growth of about 5% a year, putting double-digit earnings growth comfortably within reach.’
      • ‘The plot doesn't force Mirabelle to choose between the two, instead electing to let them all grow into and bleed out of one-another, true to the organic nature of real relationships.’
      • ‘Development is an organic process, so we inevitably added and expanded on a few features that greatly improved the product.’
      • ‘Some of this will be achieved through piecemeal acquisitions (it bought a small credit-card business last week), but much will be through organic growth.’
      • ‘We continue to gain market share in key target markets and achieve good revenue growth from both acquisitions and organic developments.’

noun

  • 1A food produced by organic farming.

    • ‘‘I'll do whatever I possibly can to get organics in Texas,’ Harry says.’
    • ‘Aurora Dairy's entry into the organic milk market last month has set off another round in the ongoing debate over the mainstreaming of organics.’
    • ‘The main problem is that although there appears to be a great demand, organics could still remain a niche market in the future.’
    • ‘‘Many people think that although organics are good and healthy, they taste like an old sock with a potato in it,’ says Luise Light of New Organics.’
    • ‘Surveys indicate that consumers are primarily motivated by health concerns; organics are perceived to be free of chemical residues and food additives.’
    • ‘At the top end of Britain's food world, which has come to associate organics and therefore ‘naturalness’ with sometimes spurious notions of purity, a professor of bacteriology telling it as it is, may not always be welcome.’
    • ‘‘The market potential for organics in Georgia far exceed our goals to meet them,’ acknowledges Triplett.’
    • ‘Whithorn's new food and coffee stop provides a nice variety of cheeses and olives, as well as home-baked bread, local produce and organics.’
    • ‘Some foods have been so destroyed by corporate farming that organics are really the only option when it comes to taste.’
    • ‘I don't believe the market for organics can possibly be the answer to the world's food problems.’
    • ‘For consumers, prices can be steep - mark-up tends to be higher on organics than on conventional foods.’
    • ‘In the last decade organic food sales have skyrocketed with 20 percent annual growth, making organics the fastest-growing food trend in America.’
    • ‘To build brand awareness and drive sales at point of purchase, Horizon used coupon boxes to educate consumers about organics and offer an immediate trial incentive.’
    • ‘Producers are turning to organics because of concerns about the environment and their own long-term viability.’
    • ‘Lowering the cost of organics is not impossible, nor is it necessarily undesirable.’
    • ‘The four-page color booklets provide information about organics, benefits and challenges to processors, the organic certification process, and labeling requirements.’
    • ‘People were just getting into organics and California cuisine had yet to be fully defined.’
    • ‘There are no demonstrable health benefits to organics.’
    • ‘The explosive growth of organics inevitably caught the attention of mainstream food corporations, whose conventional food and beverage business was growing at only about 2 percent annually.’
    • ‘There is a growing reactionary movement in the world of food, with a corporate and agribusiness backlash against organics.’
  • 2An organic chemical compound.

    • ‘This allows photocatalytic oxidation of organics using a porous titanium dioxide membrane.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The system's treatment consists of chemical addition, multimedia and cartridge filtration for removal of suspended solids, followed by RO treatment for removal of dissolved salts, metals and organics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Osmotic potential is caused by the tendency of water to move so as to equalize solute concentration (salts, organics, anything that dissolves in water).’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek organikos ‘relating to an organ or instrument’.

Pronunciation

organic

/ɔːˈɡanɪk/