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In terms, organic (CR:235) (LH:10) (TL:245|#150), from organ-, meaning: "working bodily system", + -ic, meaning "having the character or form of", introduced in 1517 by [add][1], refers to []


In 1517, the term "organic" entered the English language.[1]

In 1597, John Gerard, in his Herbal: a General History of Plants, was using the term “organic”, in some way, referring to plants.[2]

In 1727, John Strachey, in his Observations of the Different Strata of Earths and Minerals, was using terms such as “organic forms” and “organic substances”, in a liberal manner.[3]


The following are quotes:

Vitalists resist on principle the pretensions of those scientists who foresee the ultimate prospect of a capacity to break down the boundary between organic and inorganic matter, and who disregard the plausibility of supra-material factors in the existence of life. As a result, concepts like ‘life force’ or ‘immanent energy’ are presented by vitalists not only to fill in the areas of mystery left by the incomplete advances of biology, but also to explain why biology’s advances will always be incomplete.”
Michael Foley (1990), Laws, Men and Machines (pg. 84) [4]

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See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 2000.
  2. Gerard John. (1597). Herbal: a General History of Plants (organic, 5+ pgs). Publisher.
  3. Strachey, John. (1717). Observations of the Different Strata of Earths and Minerals (organic, 7+ pgs). Publisher.
  4. Foley, Michael. (1990). Laws, Men and Machines: Modern American Government and the Appeal of Newtonian Mechanics (pg. 84). Routledge, 2014.

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