oxford views updated May 23 2018
in·or·gan·ic / ˌinôrˈganik/ •
adj. not arising from natural growth. ∎ Chem. of, relating to, or denoting compounds that are not organic (broadly, compounds not containing carbon). Compare with organic. ∎ without organized physical structure. ∎ Linguistics not explainable by the normal processes of etymology.DERIVATIVES: in·or·gan·i·cal·ly / -ik(ə)lē/ adv.
oxford views updated May 21 2018
Materials of mineral
, as distinct from animal or vegetable, origin. Apart from carbonates and cyanides, inorganic chemicals are those that contain no carbon. See also organic
oxford views updated May 18 2018
inorganic (in-or-gan-ik) adj. 1.
not of animal or vegetable origin. 2.
(in chemistry) describing or relating to compounds that do not contain carbon.