Definition of organic in English:

organic

adjective

  • 1Relating to or derived from living matter.

    ‘organic soils’
    • ‘Almost all, though, contain some organic element, whether it's a shard of bamboo or a wooden peg.’
    • ‘If you don't add organic matter you destroy the soil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In terms of dating, the data are somewhat inconclusive because structured organic material (pollen and spores) are rare in most samples.’
    • ‘Bacteria use oxygen to convert organic waste to carbon dioxide, water, and more bacteria.’
    • ‘Mulch adds organic matter to the soil as it breaks down, and it also shades the soil in summer and insulates it in winter.’
    • ‘Some of the material is organic in nature and is easily dealt with by microbial action.’
    • ‘The growing and dying of the mosses, lichens and grasses added organic matter to the soil.’
    • ‘A soil rich in organic matter will help provide nutrients as well as improve drainage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sandflies are found around human habitations and breed in specific organic wastes such as feces, manure, rodent burrows, and leaf litter.’
    • ‘The first step in properly decontaminating instruments, whether by hand or machine, is a cool water rinse to remove organic debris.’
    • ‘It is made by breaking down organic waste with the help of earthworms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The carbon dioxide is derived almost entirely from the bacterial decomposition of organic matter in soil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Small, metal objects deeply embedded in soft tissue pose a lower risk for complication than even superficially embedded organic material, such as wood.’
    • ‘Blum has only 13 acres of maintained turf, on which he uses mostly organic fertilizers and low-toxic pesticides.’
    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
      • ‘The mix was heated up and given an electrical charge and simple organic molecules were formed.’
      • ‘Carbohydrates are one of the most widely occurring types of organic compounds.’
      • ‘In this process the ether is shaken with an organic solute in aqueous solution.’
      • ‘During photosynthesis, plants reduce carbon from carbon dioxide to form organic molecules.’
      • ‘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 agents.

    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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Headaches that are a result of a serious organic medical problem represent only a small percent of children's headaches.’
    1. 3.1Medicine
      (of a disease) affecting the structure of an organ.
      • ‘A recent study, however, showed that the use of modern technology minimised the likelihood of missing organic disease.’
      • ‘Increasing age and underlying organic brain disease are two major risk factors for confusion in any patient hospitalized with sepsis.’
      • ‘The reported patients mostly had normal lung function and did not have diagnosed organic illnesses.’
      • ‘Often, the fatigue is transient or can be attributed to a definable organic illness.’
      • ‘Sexual dysfunction may be symptomatic of organic or psychiatric disease.’
  • 4Denoting 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 art’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a ‘legacy force’ unit, we had a robust organic support structure.’
    • ‘Driven by the visuals, not its own logic, it is a series of musical vignettes rather than an organic whole.’
    • ‘This confessional record was prompted by ‘changes in her life’, and it is a natural, organic work, melodic yet quirkily experimental too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1968, however, the two churches officially stated that their goal is full, organic unity.’
    • ‘The new methods had a major impact on urban archaeology, as the town became envisaged more as an organic whole.’
    • ‘The work is a mixture of new and old texts, and original and traditional melodies, seamlessly forming an organic whole.’
    • ‘An intelligence staff is organic to the brigade and its subordinate battalions and squadron.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's the kind of organic synergy businesses dream about.’
    • ‘I took diverse or disparate elements and gave them some kind of organic unity.’
    • ‘Survival depended on operating as an integrated organic whole.’
    • ‘Health systems need to be organic and flexible rather than rigid and mechanistic.’
    • ‘The majority of the songs on the album blend each element into a full, organic, and integrated whole.’
    structured, organized, coherent, integrated, coordinated, ordered, systematic, systematized, methodical, orderly, consistent, harmonious, methodized
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    1. 4.1Characterized by continuous or natural development.
      ‘companies expand as much by acquisition as by organic growth’
      • ‘Acquisitions and joint ventures open up huge opportunities for companies that would either take too long or be impossible to develop through organic growth.’
      • ‘All growth has been organic, and achieved without spending a penny on marketing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Development is an organic process, so we inevitably added and expanded on a few features that greatly improved the product.’
      • ‘The longer we oppose this painful, yet necessarily organic and gradual process, the longer the failures of capitalism go uncorrected.’
      • ‘We will grow through organic growth, the extension of existing brands and the launch of new and innovative products.’
      • ‘Have you had goals in mind throughout your career, or has your development been fairly organic?’
      • ‘We continue to gain market share in key target markets and achieve good revenue growth from both acquisitions and organic developments.’
      • ‘His approach to the project was collaborative and organic in nature.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are experiencing strong organic growth complemented by targeted acquisitions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is an organic form of economic development whose growth will be more like the internet or the blogosphere than some giant centralized program.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The next few years should also see organic sales growth of about 5% a year, putting double-digit earnings growth comfortably within reach.’
      • ‘Our organic growth was more than 10 per cent last year.’
      • ‘The development of the group has been pretty organic.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

organic

/ôrˈɡanik/