• WordNet 3.6
    • adj inorganic relating or belonging to the class of compounds not having a carbon basis "hydrochloric and sulfuric acids are called inorganic substances"
    • adj inorganic lacking the properties characteristic of living organisms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inorganic Not organic; without the organs necessary for life; devoid of an organized structure; unorganized; lifeness; inanimate.
    • Inorganic (Chem) Of or pertaining to compounds that are not derivatives of hydrocarbons; not organic{5}.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inorganic Not organic; not organized; specifically, not having that organization which characterizes living bodies. See organic and organism.
    • inorganic Not produced by vital processes: as, an inorganic compound.
    • inorganic 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).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inorganic in-or-gan′ik without life or organisation, as minerals, &c.: of accidental origin, not normally developed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. in-, not + organic,: cf. F. inorganique,


In literature:

This bit of vitalised inorganic has no sex, and because of that it cannot love.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
It's an inorganic substance.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
It is a far greater thing to wield spiritual forces than to manipulate inorganic matter.
"Almost a Woman" by Mary Wood-Allen
Incipient life, as it were, manifests itself throughout the whole of what we call inorganic nature.
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
For the chemistry of copper and its compounds see the references in the article CHEMISTRY: Inorganic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
At a certain moment a new thing had emerged in the universe hitherto inorganic.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. II" by Charles Gore
During the whole time referred to by geology, the great laws both of inorganic and organic nature have been the same as at present.
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
It also enters the body in the form of inorganic phosphates.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
There is no inorganic development in art, whether the art of words or any other: in the fundamental sense, there is no accident.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
Inorganic materials, when dissolved in water, usually ionize very readily.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
They are of inorganic matter, usually of oxalate or phosphate or sulphate of lime.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
There is a marked difference between the forms affected by organic and inorganic substances.
"The Mechanism of Life" by Stéphane Leduc
It is life which distinguishes organic from inorganic matter, but it is not produced after the organization of matter.
"The Science of Being Well" by Wallace Delois Wattles
It should be noted that Hales speaks of organic as well as inorganic substances.
"Rustic Sounds and Other Studies in Literature and Natural History" by Francis Darwin
Influence of, on organic and inorganic nature, ii.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
Other soaps contain either organic or inorganic sulphur compounds.
"Soap-Making Manual" by E. G. Thomssen
Dr. Duns, in his memoir, points out that he was much more at home with the phenomena of organic than with those of inorganic forms.
"Sir James Young Simpson and Chloroform (1811-1870)" by Henry Laing Gordon
HARVEY, E. N.: 1915c, The Effect of Certain Organic and Inorganic Substances Upon Light Production by Luminous Bacteria.
"The Nature of Animal Light" by E. Newton Harvey
Of the second class, there are two kinds, those derived from the organic kingdom and those derived from the inorganic kingdom.
"Epidemics Examined and Explained: or, Living Germs Proved by Analogy to be a Source of Disease" by John Grove

In news:

TO Borlaug, the argument for high-yield cereal crops, inorganic fertilizers, and irrigation became irrefutable when the global population began to take off after the Second World War.
Most of the total arsenic in our samples was inorganic, our tests showed.
Prospects for using light to generate oxygen from water look sunnier because of a new inorganic catalyst.
BASF announced today the launch of Z-Cote LSA, its latest inorganic , broad-spectrum ultraviolet (UV) light filter.
Online Registration Open for the Inorganic Materials Conference in France.
LANXESS Corp.'s Inorganic Pigments Group (IPG), Pittsburgh, recently announced an agreement with Dowd and Guild Inc and J.F.
To sell the chemical company's BAYFERROX® inorganic pigments.
In health class, (from left) Lisa Colon, Paul Pristov and Theresa Harding compare and contrast the taste and quality of organic and inorganic milk samples.
It removes a wide variety of organic-based contaminants, as well as some inorganic contaminants such as free chlorine and monochloramine.
An article in the November issue of Consumer Reports recommends consumers limit the consumption of rice products due to inorganic and organic arsenic levels found in popular foods.
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — Dr S Thomas Bond, an inorganic chemist and farmer, will speak about fracking and the environment at 6 pm Wednesday at Kent State University East Liverpool Campus' Slak Shak.
Complex Inorganic Blue companies.
Inorganics include oxides, carbonates, sulfates, chlorides and nitrates.
The immune system can't "see" bacteria resting on inorganic (ceramic, metal or plastic) implants , so no white blood cells come to attack and kill them off.
Tile, stone, PVC products, such as vinyl cornerbeads, and other inorganic products will help reduce damage should moisture problems occur.

In science:

Minerals, water, salts and other extractives and inorganics also exist in these fuels.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Contrary to inorganic semiconductors and semiconductor nanostructures, where biexcitons have received considerable interest, there is only very little work devoted to biexcitons in CNTs.
Biexciton stability in carbon nanotubes
In TMC-1/L1534, for example, high densities provide a good laboratory for the production of complex organic and inorganic molecules.
Low Mass Star Formation in the Taurus-Auriga Clouds
Homogeneous calorimeter: These detectors are generally made of an inorganic heavy, high Z material which is also scintillating.
Proceedings for TASI 2009 Summer School on "Physics of the Large and the Small": Introduction to the LHC experiments
Figure 1b depicts the idea that a field-controlled and dynamically stable inorganic modular organization (c.f.
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
Now, thermionic emission via the Richardson effect could have provided single electrons (c.f. pairs from redox reactions) to inorganic-scaffolds, which is interesting in view of the possible role of electron-bifurcation via crossed-over redox potentials in the emergence of metabolism (Nitschke and Russell 2011).
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
Further, Russell et al (1990) have noted the size similarities between magnetosome crystals and pyrite crystallites (~ 100nm in diameter) comprising the interior of framboids that seemed to have grown inorganically from the spherical shells of iron-sulphide gel.
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
While ubiquitous fractal patterns in biology at the controlling level-I are likely to be the fruits of evolution and selection, in life’s origins such nested architecture could have been accessed via (host) inorganic scaffolds assisting/controlling guest-level-II processes.
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
Further, in gradient-rich (redox, pH, temperature) environments, as in the mound, gradient-dissipating organic fractal structures (Seely and Macklem 2012)-- assembling from building blocks at levelII-- could have gradually replaced the functioning modules of the control-level-I inorganic networks.
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
Recently two different ZnMoO4 crystals, grown by the Nikoleav Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (NIIC, Novosibirsk, Russia), ≈ 30 g each, have been tested in LNGS to validate this feature. A β /γ to α discrimination of 20 σ has been obtained at 2.6 MeV, using only a pulse shape analysis of the heat signal.
Review of double beta experiments
In this context, the recent discovery and first investigations of the long searched for compound CuSiO3 ,10 which is isostructural to the prototypical inorganic spin-Peierls system CuGeO3 is of great scientific interest.
The electronic structure of CuSiO3 - a possible candidate for a new inorganic spin-Peierls compound ?
Thus, the question arises, whether the very recently observed phase transition11 near 8 K does point to a new inorganic spin-Peierls system or to another ordered state realized at low temperature.
The electronic structure of CuSiO3 - a possible candidate for a new inorganic spin-Peierls compound ?
Of particular interest for our purposes are the (TMTTF)2X and (TMTSF)2X families, where X is an inorganic monoanion.
Dynamical Properties of one dimensional Mott Insulators
Shaibonov, “Photoelectron backscattering in vacuum phototubes,” Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, vol. 567, pp. 12-16, 2006. S.E. Derenzo, M.J. Weber, E. Bourret-Courchesne, M.K. Klintenberg. “The quest for the ideal inorganic scintillator,” Nucl. Instrum.
The Quest for the Ideal Scintillator for Hybrid Phototubes
Luckey. “A fast inorganic scintillator,” Nucl.
The Quest for the Ideal Scintillator for Hybrid Phototubes