- 1) A chemical compound that contains carbon. 2) Related to an organ. 3) Grown or prepared without the use of chemicals or pesticides, as in organic food.
* * *1. Relating to an organ. 2. Relating to or formed by an organism. 3. Organized; structural. 4. See o. compound. [G. organikos]
* * *or·gan·ic ȯr-'gan-ik adj1 a) of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organb) affecting the structure of the organism <an \organic disease> compare FUNCTIONAL (1b)2 a ) (1) of, relating to, or derived from living organisms (2) relating to, yielding, dealing in, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides <\organic stores>b ) (1) of, relating to, or containing carbon compounds (2) relating to, being, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with the carbon compounds of living beings and most other carbon compoundsor·gan·i·cal·ly -i-k(ə-)lē adva) a fertilizer of plant or animal originb) a pesticide whose active component is an organic compound or a mixture of organic compounds
* * *adj.1. relating to any or all of the organs of the body.2. describing chemical compounds containing carbon, found in all living systems.
* * *or·gan·ic (or-ganґik) 1. pertaining to or arising from an organ or the organs; cf. functional (def. 2). 2. having an organized structure. 3. arising from an organism. 4. pertaining to substances derived from living organisms. 5. denoting chemical substances containing covalently bound carbon atoms. 6. pertaining to or cultivated by the use of animal or vegetable fertilizers, rather than synthetic chemicals.
Medical dictionary. 2011.