- The definition of inorganic is something unrelated to organic matter or organic life, not animal or vegetable, or a chemical compound that does not contain carbon.
An example of something inorganic is plastic.
inorganic definition by Webster's New World
not organic; specif.,
- designating or composed of matter that is not animal or vegetable; not having the organized structure of living things
- not like an organism in structure; without design, relation, and coordination of parts
- designating or of any chemical compound not classified as organic: most inorganic compounds do not contain carbon and are derived from mineral sources
- designating or of the branch of chemistry dealing with these compounds
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- inorganically adverb
inorganic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. Involving neither organic life nor the products of organic life.b. Not composed of organic matter.
- Chemistry Of or relating to compounds not containing hydrocarbon groups.
- Not arising in normal growth; artificial.
- Lacking system or structure.
- inˌor·ganˈi·cal·ly adverb
inorganic - Medical Definition
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- Not formed by or involving organic life or the products of organic life.
- Not composed of organic matter.
- Of or relating to compounds not containing carbon to hydrogen bonds.
- inorganically adverb
inorganic - Science Definition
- Not involving organisms or the products of their life processes.
- Relating to chemical compounds that occur mainly outside of living or once living organisms, such as those in rocks, minerals, and ceramics. Most inorganic compounds lack carbon, such as salt (NaCl) and ammonia (NH3); a few, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), do contain it, but never attached to hydrogen atoms as in hydrocarbons. Inorganic molecules tend to have a relatively small number of atoms as compared with organic molecules.