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organic
adjective
1 biol , med , etc
a relating to an organ of the body;
b said of a disease: resulting from a physical or metabolic disorder, accompanied by changes in the structures involved.
2 biol relating to, derived from, or with the characteristics of a living organism.
3 agric
a relating to farming practices that avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, etc;
b relating to crops, especially fruit and vegetables, produced in this way.
4 being or formed as an inherent or natural part; fundamental.
5 systematically organized.
6 chem relating to organic chemistry.
noun (usu organics) an organic compound.
[16c, meaning -serving as an organ-]
organically adverb .


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organic chemistry
noun the study of organic compounds, eg alcohols and plastics. Compare inorganic chemistry.


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organic compound
noun , chem any of the many chemical compounds that, with a few exceptions, contain carbon atoms arranged in chains or rings, together with smaller amounts of other elements, mainly hydrogen and oxygen.


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organic farming
noun a system of farming that avoids the use of industrially manufactured chemical fertilizers and pesticides.


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organic fertilizer
noun a fertilizer that consists of natural animal or plant products, such as manure, compost or bonemeal.


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organism
noun
1 any living structure, such as a plant, animal, fungus or bacterium, capable of growth and reproduction.
2 any establishment, system or whole made up of parts that depend on each other.
[18c]
organismal or organismic adjective .
organismically adverb .


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organist see under organ


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organization or organisation
noun
1 a group of people formed into a society, union or especially a business.
2 the act of organizing.
3 the state of being organized.
4 the way in which something is organized.
organizational adjective .
organizationally adverb .


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organize or organise
verb (organized , organizing )
1 to form something into an organic whole.
2 to give an orderly structure to something organized the books into a neat pile .
3 to arrange, provide or prepare will organize a meal organized the tickets .
4 to form or enrol (people or a person) into a society or organization.
5 intr to form a society or organization, especially a trade union.
[15c: from Latin organizare , from Latin organum organ]
organizer noun
1 someone or something that organizes.
2 a personal organizer.


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organophosphate
noun , chem any of a group of chemical insecticides.


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organza
noun a very fine stiff dress material made of silk or synthetic fibres.
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organzine
noun
1 a silk yarn formed by twisting together two or more threads.
2 (also organzine silk) a fabric made of this yarn.
[17c: from French organsin , from Italian organzino ]


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