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organicism

[awr-gan-uh-siz-uh m] /ɔrˈgæn əˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
Philosophy. the view that some systems resemble organisms in having parts that function in relation to the whole to which they belong.
Compare holism (def 1)
2.
Pathology. the doctrine that all symptoms arise from organic disease.
3.
a view of society as an autonomous entity analogous to and following the same developmental pattern as a biological organism.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; organic + -ism
Related forms
organicismal, organicistic, adjective
organicist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for organicist

organicism

/ɔːˈɡænɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
the theory that the functioning of living organisms is determined by the working together of all organs as an integrated system
2.
the theory that all symptoms are caused by organic disease
3.
the theory that each organ of the body has its own peculiar constitution
Derived Forms
organicist, noun, adjective
organicistic, adjective
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organicist in Medicine

organicism or·gan·i·cism (ôr-gān'ĭ-sĭz'əm)
n.

  1. The theory that all disease is associated with structural alterations of organs.

  2. The theory that the total organization of an organism, rather than the functioning of individual organs, is the principal or exclusive determinant of every life process.

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