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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Organic  \Or*gan"ic\,  a.  [L.  organicus  Gr  ?:  cf  F.  organique.] 
  1.  (Biol.)  Of  or  pertaining  to  an  organ  or  its  functions,  or 
  to  objects  composed  of  organs;  consisting  of  organs,  or 
  containing  them  as  the  organic  structure  of  animals  and 
  plants;  exhibiting  characters  peculiar  to  living 
  organisms;  as  organic  bodies,  organic  life,  organic 
  remains.  Cf  {Inorganic}. 
 
  2.  Produced  by  the  organs;  as  organic  pleasure.  [R.] 
 
  3.  Instrumental;  acting  as  instruments  of  nature  or  of  art  to 
  a  certain  destined  function  or  end  [R.] 
 
  Those  organic  arts  which  enable  men  to  discourse  and 
  write  perspicuously.  --Milton. 
 
  4.  Forming  a  whole  composed  of  organs.  Hence:  Of  or 
  pertaining  to  a  system  of  organs;  inherent  in  or 
  resulting  from  a  certain  organization;  as  an  organic 
  government;  his  love  of  truth  was  not  inculcated,  but 
  organic. 
 
  5.  Pertaining  to  or  denoting,  any  one  of  the  large  series  of 
  substances  which  in  nature  or  origin,  are  connected  with 
  vital  processes,  and  include  many  substances  of  artificial 
  production  which  may  or  may  not  occur  in  animals  or 
  plants;  --  contrasted  with  {inorganic}. 
 
  Note:  The  principles  of  organic  and  inorganic  chemistry  are 
  identical;  but  the  enormous  number  and  the  completeness 
  of  related  series  of  organic  compounds,  together  with 
  their  remarkable  facility  of  exchange  and  substitution, 
  offer  an  illustration  of  chemical  reaction  and  homology 
  not  to  be  paralleled  in  inorganic  chemistry. 
 
  {Organic  analysis}  (Chem.),  the  analysis  of  organic 
  compounds,  concerned  chiefly  with  the  determination  of 
  carbon  as  carbon  dioxide,  hydrogen  as  water,  oxygen  as  the 
  difference  between  the  sum  of  the  others  and  100  per  cent, 
  and  nitrogen  as  free  nitrogen,  ammonia,  or  nitric  oxide; 
  --  formerly  called  ultimate  analysis,  in  distinction  from 
  proximate  analysis. 
 
  {Organic  chemistry}.  See  under  {Chemistry}. 
 
  {Organic  compounds}.  (Chem.)  See  {Carbon  compounds},  under 
  {Carbon}. 
 
  {Organic  description  of  a  curve}  (Geom.),  the  description  of 
  a  curve  on  a  plane  by  means  of  instruments.  --Brande  &  C. 
 
  {Organic  disease}  (Med.),  a  disease  attended  with  morbid 
  changes  in  the  structure  of  the  organs  of  the  body  or  in 
  the  composition  of  its  fluids;  --  opposed  to  {functional 
  disease}. 
 
  {Organic  electricity}.  See  under  {Electricity}. 
 
  {Organic}  {law  or  laws},  a  law  or  system  of  laws,  or 
  declaration  of  principles  fundamental  to  the  existence  and 
  organization  of  a  political  or  other  association;  a 
  constitution. 
 
  {Organic  stricture}  (Med.),  a  contraction  of  one  of  the 
  natural  passages  of  the  body  produced  by  structural 
  changes  in  its  walls,  as  distinguished  from  a  spasmodic 
  stricture,  which  is  due  to  muscular  contraction. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  organic 
  adj  1:  (chemistry)  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 
  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:  (pathology)  involving  or  affecting  physiology  or  bodily 
  organs;  "an  organic  disease"  [ant:  {functional}] 
  5:  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}] 




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