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Organic

Definition

noun, plural: organics

(Chemistry) An organic compound; or any substance containing carbon-based compounds, especially produced by or derived from living organisms.

(Agriculture) An organic food; or any food that is organically grown (i.e. grown without using or applying synthetic pesticides, fungicides, inorganic fertilizers, or preservatives.

adjective

(biology) Of, pertaining to, derived from, or similar to an organ of the body.


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Word origin: Latin organicus, Greek organikós, órgan(on).
Related forms: organically (adverb)

Compare: inorganic

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A question about what living organisms are made up of.

So, the cells are made up of carbon-based molecules. What other elements than carbon do the organic molecules that make up a cell consist of ? Thanks a lot.

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by Anonymous99
Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:39 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: A question about what living organisms are made up of.
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Views: 461

A question about what living organisms are made up of.

Well, yes one could say that carbon is the main element. Carbon forms the backbone of most of the substances. Those are called organic molecules. However, there are of course also some inorganic compounds present.

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by JackBean
Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:43 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: A question about what living organisms are made up of.
Replies: 8
Views: 461

Newbie question about the first life

... acids, which now both carry and pass on hereditary information, and 2) proteins, which can be either a) structural elements (building blocks for organic tissue) or b) enzymes (biocatalysts). An example of this would be the synthesis of the amino acid serine in the primitive atmosphere, thus: ...

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by piscilactovegetarian
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:21 am
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Newbie question about the first life
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Views: 712

Re: Refutation of Evolution theory

... Before there was life there was proto-life, something that isn't quite living but has some of the qualities of life, which itself spawned from an organic "soup" (figuratively speaking). As these qualities develop the boundary between life and non life gets fuzzy, just the way it does ...

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by NMLevesque
Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Refutation of Evolution theory
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Mechanism behind Cyanobacterial Cryptobiosis?

... the mechanism(s) behind this feet are that they form something called microbial mats which include coatings that protect against UV, some form of organic 'anti-freeze', and that they begin recycling nutrients while lowering their metabolic rate. Which is all well and good, but it's not very specific. ...

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by NMLevesque
Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:54 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Mechanism behind Cyanobacterial Cryptobiosis?
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