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"Organic material" or "organic matter" is informally used to denote a material that originated as a living organism; most such materials contain carbon and are capable of decay. They are found in soil and elsewhere, and may include still-living material, such a cell culture. Epithelial cells in culture, stained for keratin (red) and DNA (green) Cell culture is the term applied when cells are grown in a synthetic environment. ...

Strictly speaking, "organic" matter is not necessarily created by living organisms, and living organisms are not made entirely of organic material. The more technically correct term for such material is "biotic." A clam's shell, for example, is an essential component of the living organism, but it is not technically organic. Conversely, urea is an organic substance that can be synthesized without any biological activity. The equation of "organic" with living organisms comes from the scientifically abandoned idea of vitalism that attributed a special force to life that alone could create organic substances, which was first called into question by the abiotic synthesis of urea by Friedrich Wöhler in 1828. Urea is an organic compound of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen, with the formula CON2H4 or (NH2)2CO. Urea is also known as carbamide, especially in the recommended International Non-proprietary Names (rINN) in use in Europe. ... Vitalism is the doctrine that vital forces are active in living organisms, so that life cannot be explained solely by mechanism. ... W̦hler Friedrich W̦hler Friedrich W̦hler (July 31, 1800 - September 23, 1882) was a German chemist, best-known for his synthesis of urea, but also the first to isolate several of the elements. ...

Examples of organic materials are wood, linoleum, straw, humus, adobe, manure, bark, crude oil and cotton. A tree trunk as found at the Veluwe, The Netherlands Wood derives from woody plants, notably trees but also shrubs. ... Linoleum floor - a cheaper variety printed to appear to be wood Linoleum is a floor covering made from solidified linseed oil (linoxyn) in combination with wood flour or cork dust over a burlap or canvas backing. ... Straw is the dry stalk of a cereal plant, after the nutrient grain or seed has been removed. ... For article about the oriental food, see Hummus. ... Renewal of the surface coating of an adobe wall in Chamisal, New Mexico Adobe is a building material composed of water, sandy clay and straw or other organic materials, which is shaped into bricks using wooden frames and dried in the sun . ... Animal manure is often a mixture of animals faeces and bedding straw, as in this example from a stable. ... BARK (Binär Automatisk ReläKalkylator) was completed in February 1950 at a cost of 400. ... Nodding donkey pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario Petroleum (from Greek petra – rock and oleum – oil), crude oil, sometimes colloquially called black gold, is a thick, dark brown or greenish liquid. ... Cotton plant as imagined and drawn by John Mandeville in the 14th century Cotton is a soft fiber that grows around the seeds of the cotton plant (Gossypium spp. ...

The use of organic materials is high on the agenda of many popular environmental groups. Due to the popular belief that organic materials are environmentally friendly whereas "conventional" materials are not, is often forgotten that fossil fuels and other highly processed organic materials do in fact fall into this category. The phrase environmentally friendly is used to refer to goods or services considered to inflict little harm on the environment. ... Fossil fuels are hydrocarbon-containing natural resources such as coal, petroleum and natural gas. ...

Processed organic material may be called bio-based material. A bio-based material is simply an engineering material made from substances derived from living tissues. ...


Examples of the use of organic materials include:

Building material is any material which is used for a construction purpose. ... The energy industry is a generic term for all of the industries involved the production and sale of energy, including fuel extraction, manufacturing fuel and refining, and fuel distribution. ... Men and women wearing suits, an example of one of the many modern forms of clothing (from the 1937 Chicago Woolen Mills catalog) Clothing is defined, in its broadest sense, as coverings for the torso and limbs as well as coverings for the hands (gloves), feet (socks, shoes, sandals, boots... Compost is the decomposed remnants of organic materials (those with plant and animal origins). ... In agriculture and gardening, mulch is a protective cover placed over the soil, primarily to modify the effects of the local climate. ...

See also

Compare to: Biomass is organic non-fossil material, collectively. ... In biology, detritus is organic waste material from decomposing dead plants or animals. ... For article about the oriental food, see Hummus. ... Organic geochemistry is the study of the impacts and processes that organisms, and once-living organisms have on the earth. ...

An organic compound is any member of a large class of chemical compounds whose molecules contain carbon, with the exception of carbides, carbonates, carbon oxides and gases containing carbon. ... Organic Production is the production of animal and plant products without the use of synthetic chemicals or growth hormones. ... Biological tissue is any substance made up of cells that perform a similar function within an organism. ...

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Organic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (371 words)
Organic (model), forms, methods and patterns found in living systems, often used as a metaphor for non-living things.
Organic movement, refers to the organizations and individuals involved worldwide in the promotion of sustainable agriculture and organic farming
Organic (military), a military unit predominantly of one type (armour, infantry, artillery, etc.) may incorporate subunits of a different type, to improve combined arms capability e.g.
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