inorganic

  

Definition

In general, substances of mineral origin (such as ceramics, metals, synthetic plastics, as well as water) as opposed to those of biological or botanical origin (such as crude oil, coal, wood, as well as food). With certain exceptions, inorganic substances do not contain carbon or its compounds. In scientific terms, no clear line divides organic and inorganic chemistry.

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  • Water has been categorized as an inorganic material whereas most foods have been classified organic materials, even though water is found in most organic foods, it is still classified as inorganic because chemistry had not made a clear distinction between organic and inorganic substances as of yet.

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  • She was allergic to inorganic fabrics and thus had to be careful to select only natural fabrics in order to avoid rashes.

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  • The doctors swore there was no correlation, but Barbara was convinced her headaches worsened when she was around inorganic materials like plastic or Plexiglas.

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