inorganic 1794, "without organized organic structure," from IN- (Cf. in-) (1) "not, opposite of" + ORGANIC (Cf. organic). Sense of "not arriving by natural growth" recorded from 1862.

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  • Inorganic — In or*gan ic, a. [Pref. in not + organic: cf. F. inorganique.] 1. Not organic; without the organs necessary for life; devoid of an organized structure; unorganized; lifeness; inanimate. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) Of or pertaining to compounds that …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • inorganic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not arising from natural growth. 2) Chemistry relating to or denoting compounds which are not organic (broadly, compounds not containing carbon). DERIVATIVES inorganically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • inorganic — [[t]ɪ̱nɔː(r)gæ̱nɪk[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Inorganic substances are substances such as stone and metal that do not come from living things. ...roofing made from organic and inorganic fibres. Ant: organic …   English dictionary

  • inorganic — adj. 1 Chem. (of a compound) not organic, usu. of mineral origin (opp. ORGANIC). 2 without organized physical structure. 3 not arising by natural growth; extraneous. 4 Philol. not explainable by normal etymology. Phrases and idioms: inorganic… …   Useful english dictionary

  • inorganic — adjective Date: 1794 1. a. (1) being or composed of matter other than plant or animal ; mineral (2) forming or belonging to the inanimate world b. of, relating to, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with substances not usually… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • inorganic — 1. Not organic; not formed by living organisms. 2. See i. compound. 3. Not containing carbon. * * * in·or·gan·ic .in .ȯr gan ik adj 1 a) being or composed of matter other than plant or animal <an inorganic heart> b) forming or belonging to …   Medical dictionary

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