organicism

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From organic +‎ -ism.

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organicism (countable and uncountable, plural organicisms)

  1. (medicine, now historical) The theory that disease is a result of structural alteration of organs. [from 19th c.]
  2. The concept that everything is organic, or forms part of an organic whole. [from 20th c.]
    • 1990, Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae:
      Its asymmetrical design, half curved, half rectangular, reflects the marquise's divided nature: female organicism joined to male geometry, a psychic hermaphroditism.
  3. (philosophy) The treatment of society or the universe as if it were an organism.
  4. The theory that the total organization of an organism is more important than the functioning of its individual organs.

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