organic compounds

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organic compounds definition

The compounds containing carbon that are typically found in living systems.

Note: Generally, anything made from living systems, such as cloth, fuels, or wood, is said to be organic. Organic foods are grown with no fertilizer except the organic compounds found naturally in plants and animals.
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