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1 a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
2 a government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function; "The Census Bureau is an organ of the Commerce Department"
3 (music) an electronic simulation of a pipe organ [syn: electric organ, electronic organ, Hammond organ]
4 a periodical that is published by a special interest group; "the organ of the communist party"
5 wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard [syn: pipe organ]
6 a free-reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows [syn: harmonium, reed organ]

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see Organ



From organum < ὄργανον.



  1. A largest part of an organism, composed of tissues that perform similar functions.
  2. A musical instrument that has multiple pipes which play when a key is pressed.
  3. An official magazine, newsletter, or similar publication of an organization.


part of an organism
musical instrument
magazine, newsletter, or similar publication




Extensive Definition

Organ may refer to:
organ in Welsh: Organ
organ in German: Organ
organ in Modern Greek (1453-): Όργανο
organ in Spanish: Órgano
organ in Galician: Órgano (homónimos)
organ in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Organo (disambiguation)
organ in Italian: Organo
organ in Hebrew: איבר (פירושונים)
organ in Polish: Organ
organ in Portuguese: Órgão
organ in Quechua: Órgano
organ in Simple English: Organ
organ in Slovak: Orgán
organ in Swedish: Orgel
organ in Ukrainian: Орган

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