from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Involving neither organic life nor the products of organic life.
  • adjective Not composed of organic matter.
  • adjective Chemistry Of or relating to compounds not containing hydrocarbon groups or derivatives.
  • adjective Not arising in normal growth; artificial.
  • adjective Lacking system or structure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not organic; not organized; specifically, not having that organization which characterizes living bodies. See organic and organism.
  • Not produced by vital processes: as, an inorganic compound.
  • In philology, of unintended or accidental origin; not normally developed: as, the distinctions of lead and led, of man and men, of was and were, which are of phonetic origin; or the i of Fr. vient (Latin venit), as compared with that of mais (Latin magis).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not organic; without the organs necessary for life; devoid of an organized structure; unorganized; lifeness; inanimate.
  • adjective (Chem.) Of or pertaining to compounds that are not derivatives of hydrocarbons; not organic{5}.
  • adjective See under Chemistry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective chemistry relating to a compound that does not contain carbon
  • adjective by extension that does not originate in a living organism
  • noun chemistry An inorganic compound

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective lacking the properties characteristic of living organisms
  • adjective relating or belonging to the class of compounds not having a carbon basis


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