noun, plural: organic compounds
Any compound containing carbon atom.
An organic compound always contains carbon. A few exceptions are carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonates, cyanides, cyanates, carbides, and thyocyanates, which are considered inorganic.
Examples of organic compounds are carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids.
Word origin: named after the early notion that organic compounds could only be synthesized in living organisms through vis-vitalis (a life-force).
Compare: inorganic compound