• 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

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