(1)   Constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)
(2)   Involving or affecting physiology or bodily organs
"An organic disease"
(3)   Simple and healthful and close to nature
"An organic lifestyle"
(4)   Relating or belonging to the class of chemical compounds having a carbon basis
"Hydrocarbons are organic compounds"
(5)   Being or relating to or derived from or having properties characteristic of living organisms
"Organic life"
"Organic growth"
"Organic remains found in rock"
(6)   Of or relating to foodstuff grown or raised without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or hormones
"Organic eggs"
"Organic vegetables"
"Organic chicken"
(7)   Of or relating to or derived from living organisms
"Organic soil"


(8)   A fertilizer that is derived from animal or vegetable matter


  1. pertaining to, derived from, like, of the nature of, an organ of the body
  2. relating to the compounds of carbon, relating to natural products
  3. of food or food products, grown in an environment free from artificial agro-chemicals, and possibly certified by a regulatory body.
  4. a form of social solidarity theorized by Emile Durkheim that is characterized by voluntary engagements in complex interdepencies for mutual benefit (such as business agreements), rather than mechanical solidarity, which depends on ascribed relations between people (as in a family or tribe).
  5. Of a military unit or formation, or its elements, belonging to a permanent organization (in contrast to being temporarily attached).
    • 1998: Eyal Ben-Ari, Mastering Soldiers: Conflict, Emotions, and the Enemy in an Israeli Military Unit. Beghahn Books, p 29.
      Socially, the term “organic” unit implies a military force characterized by relatively high cohesion, overlapping primary groups and a certain sense of shared past.
    • 1945: U.S. War Department, Handbook on German Military Forces. LSU Press (1990). p 161.
      Most types of German field divisions include an organic reconnaissance battalion, and the remainder have strong reconnaissance companies.