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inorganic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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inorganicin‧or‧gan‧ic /ˌɪnɔːˈɡænɪk◂ $ -ɔːr-/ adjective 🔊 🔊 HLIVING/ALIVEnot consisting of anything that is living 🔊 inorganic matterinorganically /-kli/ adverb
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inorganicChemists divide their subject into two main branches, organic and inorganic.Some inorganic compounds with covalent characteristics also have chain structures.Cairns-Smith believes that the original life on this planet was based on self-replicating inorganic crystals such as silicates.This organic staining method was chosen to minimize the risk of contamination by inorganic elements.The waste is being processed in a new government-owned plant which can treat a wide range of organic and inorganic materials.They are producers, the only organisms able to develop organic substances from inorganic mineral elements and their compounds.Pigments and inorganic primers had little influence on the results.
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