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a donor organ
▪ She had to wait for over a year before a donor organ became available.
an organ donor
▪ There are not nearly enough organ donors.
barrel organ
digestive system/organs/juices etc
internal organs/injuries
mouth organ
organ grinder
piano/orchestral/organ/guitar etc accompaniment
▪ He plays folk music with guitar accompaniment.
piano/organ music
▪ I love listening to piano music.
pipe organ
sense organ
sex organ
vital organ
▪ This model has been used to evaluate the effects of chronic hypergastrinaemia on digestive organs, including the pancreas.
▪ The increasing demand for organ transplantation is not matched by supply of appropriate human organs.
▪ The air of the hospital is lukewarm, and it hums, and tastes of human organs obscurely neutralized or mistakenly preserved.
▪ Eight human organs were found, preserved in plastic bags.
▪ It includes industrial production control, analysis of high purity materials, food, human organs and biomonitoring.
▪ Already I believe there's a black market in human organs.
▪ Presumably also sperm in a sperm-bank and human organs for transplant can be stolen.
▪ The brain - like any other human organ - can tire.
▪ If we look at the internal organs there is not much to distinguish a chimpanzee's heart or liver from our own.
▪ Without insulin, sugar lingers in the bloodstream, silently damaging the internal organs.
▪ These electrical pulses are then analysed and used to produce detailed pictures of a patient's internal organs.
▪ One wretch wishes his head returned, another even claims his internal organs.
▪ Segmentation is not only shown in the external differentiation of the body but also involves many of the internal organs.
▪ Firstly, many of the internal organs are repeated in each body segment.
▪ All the internal organs looked pretty normal to the naked eye.
▪ These two items appear simply to be ghoulish trophies, since they sit on a table with other specimens of internal organs.
▪ Macrophage: a large scavenger cell present in connective tissue and in many major organs and tissues.
▪ The male organs consist of a single continuous testis and a vas deferens terminating in an ejaculatory duct into the cloaca.
▪ To tame Him / Her, Dionysos steals upon the sleeping Agdisthus and ties the male organ to a tree.
▪ This is so even when there is no direct evidence that the male organ was seen by a witness.
▪ Specialized apodemes may be developed in connection with the ovipositor and the male copulatory organs.
▪ Studies of other tubular organs have shown that the major tensile stress during distension is in the circumferential direction.
▪ Among them was a lack of warning of the pain of inflammation in other organs.
▪ After the tubercle bacillus was identified, accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis, of the lungs and of other organs, became possible.
▪ The brain - like any other human organ - can tire.
▪ No-one knows how the radiation will have damaged the reproductive organs of the children who receive continual doses.
▪ Similar mechanisms may account for other cancers of the reproductive organs.
▪ Of course, the assumption behind this is precisely that enunciated by Barnes, that woman are dominated by their reproductive organs.
▪ Its actions on various organs are the result of a combination of both direct and indirect effects.
▪ But if tumour cells spread, a process called metastasis, they can form tumours in vital organs such as the lungs.
▪ I imagine bombers strafing our school, imagine myself being hit in a vital organ.
▪ Blood supply to the vital organs can be more accurately measured by a central venous pressure line.
▪ The announcer explains that by attacking the central nervous system it paralyzes the vital organs.
▪ The vital organs, the stomach, the intestines, the lungs and the liver, were withdrawn carefully and whole.
▪ In the process this helped to balance the forward weight of the rib-cage housing the creature's vital organs.
▪ The second bullet entered his stomach and damaged vital organs.
▪ Or how about a vital organ being removed and the opt-out card being found at a later date?
▪ In ships at sea chaplains or commanding officers have pre-recorded tapes containing organ accompaniments and a compilation of hymns.
▪ Now that transplant technology has improved so much, is it not time to change the system for organ donation?
▪ The fact is: There is a terrible shortage of organ donations.
▪ In reality, there is a great shortage of donated organs, but organ donation is a careful, well-documented medical procedure.
▪ Will he consider a much stronger publicity campaign for organ donation?
▪ Like DeWine, other lawmakers shared their personal experiences with organ donation on Tuesday.
▪ This allowed for fairly good availability of well selected donor organs thus more easily facilitating an urgent transplant programme.
▪ Transplant programmes are being held back because of a shortage of donor organs, and more are urgently needed.
▪ Mr. Wallace Is the availability of donor organs more of a limitation on the transplant programme than the availability of resources?
▪ We never did see that organ grinder again and I felt sorry about what had happened.
▪ Adler gave the instrument dignity, inspiring composers such as Vaughan Williams and Joaquin Rodrigo to write for the humble mouth organ.
▪ I don't remember the clothes you wore, or your beautiful hair, or the sardines, or the mouth organ.
▪ It sounded like a mouth organ.
▪ I mean, you get people who blow a couple of bars on a mouth organ and then hold out their hands.
▪ The Argyll Street entrance was full of real beggars, the kind that do not even have mouth organs.
▪ He played first a whistle, then a mouth organ, then a trumpet.
▪ I gave her a ridiculously expensive mouth organ one Christmas, much like a cocktail cabinet.
▪ There were piles of bad-taste wreaths around and sickly tremolo organ music.
▪ The organ music was beguiling, and probably matched the gothic horror of our home.
▪ But the organ music was lovely, although some of the vocalists sang rather modern stuff, a bit like rock and roll.
▪ I felt better out here and I realized it was the absence of organ music that made the graveside ceremony less potent.
▪ With regard to second-hand values, a good pipe organ is a better investment than an electronic instrument.
▪ Calvary's pipe organs are poised to sound somber notes of mourning for Earnhardt.
▪ Choirs, pipe organs and the teaching of music in seminaries were all encouraged.
▪ In a pipe organ of quality each pipe is a carefully-designed and individually-voiced musical instrument which produces only one frequency of sound.
▪ It had a pipe organ installed in 1924 which cost £400.
▪ His/her long muscular tongue lashed and probed the air like a sense organ as if to supplement his/her tiny shrunken eyes.
▪ The subtle energies comprising the instinctive mental patterns automatically produce a body and sense organs to match.
▪ Not through the medium of the brain and nervous system and the ordinary sense organs.
▪ No magnetic sense organ has been identified, but two hypotheses have been put forward.
▪ Probably not, he told himself,. there are no sense organs in the human cortex, after all.
▪ One is that the light-sensitive pigments of the eye could also act as magnetic sense organs.
▪ The five year old had a multiple organ transplant two months ago.
▪ These include outpatient chemotherapy, vaccines for influenza and hepatitis B and some immunosuppressant drugs for people with organ transplants.
▪ Doctors have been given permission to implant five mechanical hearts in patients too ill to qualify for a live organ transplant.
▪ Will doctors give up trying to save me if they know I want to donate my organs?
▪ In reality, there is a great shortage of donated organs, but organ donation is a careful, well-documented medical procedure.
▪ Despite heightened public awareness in the last decade, the need for donated organs still far exceeds the supply.
▪ Many are eager to donate organs to help save other lives.
▪ Both Haydn and Mozart played the organ here.
▪ I played the organ on Sunday at First Presbytenan and rehearsed the choir on Thursday nights.
▪ Use quiet music on a tape or played by the organ or music group.
▪ What you want to do is learn to play the organ.
▪ In 1787 Mozart played on the organ here.
▪ She explained that Gran had once been a famous singer and that she played the organ and was teaching Oliver to sing.
▪ He runs a church choir and plays the organ.
▪ He did record attending the Christmas service at St. Cleer and noted with surprise a fiddle being played in lieu of an organ.
▪ The chosen hospital dispatches a team of doctors to remove the organ.
▪ Either way, the removed organs became objects of magical power.
▪ He appears to have removed entire systems of organs from cot death children, but most were never used in research.
▪ Some can benefit from lung transplants, but patients often die waiting for organs.
▪ More than 38, 000 people are on the waiting list for organs.
blood/sperm/organ bank
▪ But where had his Glover genes come from if his father was in a sperm bank?
▪ Fertility clinics and sperm banks in the United States often are privately run and are subject to few government restrictions.
▪ In 1987, the agency had directed blood banks to similarly disqualify donors who have received pituitary-derived growth hormone.
▪ In person, however, they have matured about as much as a sperm in a deep frozen sperm bank.
▪ Still, there was always food here at the blood bank as well as plenty of sweetened fluids to quickly restore energy.
▪ The chief donors to sperm banks were medical students.
▪ The World Around Us Fascinating topics for young learners ranging from blood banks to deserts.
organ music
▪ an organ transplant
▪ Her vital organs are intact and she has a good chance of recovery.
▪ internal organs
▪ The liver is an extremely complex organ.
▪ This diagram shows the position of the main organs of speech.
▪ In contemplating the removal of an organ or organs, re-member that Nature does not indulge in luxuries.
▪ It is only after gastrulation that the organs, like limbs, liver, and eyes, begin to develop.
▪ One solution might be to use organs from other species, if the problem of rejection can be overcome.
▪ The organ most at risk is the brain, being enclosed within a rigid bony shell.
▪ The fact is: There is a terrible shortage of organ donations.
▪ These electrical pulses are then analysed and used to produce detailed pictures of a patient's internal organs.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Organ \Or"gan\, n. [L. organum, Gr. ?; akin to ? work, and E. work: cf. F. organe. See Work, and cf. Orgue, Orgy.]

  1. An instrument or medium by which some important action is performed, or an important end accomplished; as, legislatures, courts, armies, taxgatherers, etc., are organs of government.

  2. (Biol.) A natural part or structure in an animal or a plant, capable of performing some special action (termed its function), which is essential to the life or well-being of the whole; as, the heart, lungs, etc., are organs of animals; the root, stem, foliage, etc., are organs of plants.

    Note: In animals the organs are generally made up of several tissues, one of which usually predominates, and determines the principal function of the organ. Groups of organs constitute a system. See System.

  3. A component part performing an essential office in the working of any complex machine; as, the cylinder, valves, crank, etc., are organs of the steam engine.

  4. A medium of communication between one person or body and another; as, the secretary of state is the organ of communication between the government and a foreign power; a newspaper is the organ of its editor, or of a party, sect, etc. A newsletter distributed within an organization is often called its house organ.

  5. [Cf. AS. organ, fr. L. organum.] (Mus.) A wind instrument containing numerous pipes of various dimensions and kinds, which are filled with wind from a bellows, and played upon by means of keys similar to those of a piano, and sometimes by foot keys or pedals; -- formerly used in the plural, each pipe being considered an organ.

    The deep, majestic, solemn organs blow.

    Note: Chaucer used the form orgon as a plural.

    The merry orgon . . . that in the church goon [go].

    Barrel organ, Choir organ, Great organ, etc. See under Barrel, Choir, etc.

    Cabinet organ (Mus.), an organ of small size, as for a chapel or for domestic use; a reed organ.

    Organ bird (Zo["o]l.), a Tasmanian crow shrike ( Gymnorhina organicum). It utters discordant notes like those of a hand organ out of tune.

    Organ fish (Zo["o]l.), the drumfish.

    Organ gun. (Mil.) Same as Orgue (b) .

    Organ harmonium (Mus.), an harmonium of large capacity and power.

    Organ of Corti (Anat.), a complicated structure in the cochlea of the ear, including the auditory hair cells, the rods or fibers of Corti, the membrane of Corti, etc. See Note under Ear.

    Organ pipe. See Pipe, n., 1.

    Organ-pipe coral. (Zo["o]l.) See Tubipora.

    Organ point (Mus.), a passage in which the tonic or dominant is sustained continuously by one part, while the other parts move.


Organ \Or"gan\, v. t. To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs; to organize. [Obs.]

Thou art elemented and organed for other apprehensions.
--Bp. Mannyngham.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fusion of late Old English organe, and Old French orgene (12c.), both meaning "musical instrument," both from Latin organa, plural of organum "a musical instrument," from Greek organon "implement, tool for making or doing; musical instrument; organ of sense, organ of the body," literally "that with which one works," from PIE *werg-ano-, from root *werg- "to do" (cognates: Greek ergon "work," orgia "religious performances;" Armenian gorc "work;" Avestan vareza "work, activity;" Gothic waurkjan, Old English wyrcan "to work," Old English weorc "deed, action, something done;" Old Norse yrka "work, take effect").\n

\nApplied vaguely in late Old English to musical instruments; sense narrowed by late 14c. to the musical instrument now known by that name (involving pipes supplied with wind by a bellows and worked by means of keys), though Augustine (c.400) knew this as a specific sense of Latin organa. The meaning "body part adapted to a certain function" is attested from late 14c., from a Medieval Latin sense of Latin organum. Organist is first recorded 1590s; organ-grinder is attested from 1806.


n. 1 A largest part of an organism, composed of tissues that perform similar functions. 2 (context by extension English) A body of an organization dedicated to the performing of certain functions. 3 (context musical instruments English) A musical instrument that has multiple pipes which play when a key is pressed (the pipe organ), or an electronic instrument designed to replicate such. vb. (context obsolete transitive English) To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs.

  1. n. 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]


Organ usually refers to:

  • Organ (anatomy), a collection of different tissues joined in structural unit to serve a common function
  • Organ (music), a family of keyboard musical instruments characterized by sustained tone
    • Electronic organ, an electronic keyboard instrument
    • Hammond organ, an electro-mechanical keyboard instrument
    • Pipe organ, a musical instrument that produces sound when pressurized air is driven through a series of pipes
    • Theatre organ, a pipe organ originally designed specifically for imitation of an orchestra

Organ may also refer to:

Organ (film)

is a 1996 Japanese horror film written, directed and produced by Kei Fujiwara. She also stars in it as one of two organ thieves who remove organs from their captives while they are still alive.

Organ (anatomy)

In biology, an organ or viscus is a collection of tissues joined in a structural unit to serve a common function. In anatomy, a viscus is an internal organ, and viscera is the plural form.

Organs are composed of main tissue, parenchyma, and "sporadic" tissues, stroma. The main tissue is that which is unique for the specific organ, such as the myocardium, the main tissue of the heart, while sporadic tissues include the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Functionally related organs often cooperate to form whole organ systems. Organs exist in all higher biological organisms, in particular they are not restricted to animals, but can also be identified in plants. In single-cell organisms like bacteria, the functional analogue of an organ is called organelle.

A hollow organ is a visceral organ that forms a hollow tube or pouch, such as the stomach or intestine, or that includes a cavity, like the heart or urinary bladder.

Organ (music)

In music, the organ (from Greek ὄργανον organon, "organ, instrument, tool") is a keyboard instrument of one or more pipe divisions, each played with its own keyboard, played either with the hands on a keyboard or with the feet using pedals. The organ is a relatively old musical instrument, dating from the time of Ctesibius of Alexandria (285–222 BC), who invented the water organ. It was played throughout the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman world, particularly during races and games. During the early medieval period it spread from the Byzantine Empire, where it continued to be used in secular (non-religious) and imperial court music, to Western Europe, where it gradually assumed a prominent place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. Subsequently it re-emerged as a secular and recital instrument in the Classical music tradition.

Organ (magazine)

Organ is an independent music magazine based in London, covering a variety of rock, alternative, punk, progressive, metal and experimental music. The magazine was founded in 1986 as a handmade fanzine and has evolved many times over the last 20 years. The Organ is run by Organart, a music group which includes a radio and TV show, a mail-order music distribution system, artwork, animation and video making, gig promotion (there have been over 1000 Organ shows in London, many big names have made their first London moves via Organ gigs) and ORG records.

ORG is an alternative record label which has released material by a bands including Cardiacs, Dream City Film Club, Cay, Sleepy People, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, King Prawn, My Vitriol, Pop-A Cat-a-Petal (later Ultrasound), The Monsoon Bassoon, Breed 77, Pure Reason Revolution, Cynical Smile, Inaura, Rhatigan, Cheesecake Truck, Everything Must Go, Sonic Boom Boys and many others.

Some of the bands who have made their very first or very early moves via the ORGAN RADIO series of compilation albums include 65DAYSOFSTATIC, SIKTH, I-DEF-I, PULKAS, KING PRAWN, LOST PROPHETS, EARTHTONE 9, Cortizone, MIOCENE, CHARGER, SKINDRED, ONE MINUTE SILENCE, Aerobitch, Raging Speedhorn.

The Organ magazine has existed as a fanzine, a glossy print magazine, a folded A3 paper newsheet and a website, a cassette magazine, indeed one issue of Organ was printed on a t-shirt.

Currently, Organ is a weekly on-line magazine, released alongside daily updated alternative music and art news pages on organart's website. There is also a weekly radio show presented by the Organ team on Sunday nights, 9.00 PM on London's Resonance FM. The show can be heard worldwide via their website.

Organ is noted for its fanzine nature and alternative DIY ethic; this includes a diversity of coverage, an energetic and subjective stream of consciousness writing style, and some independence and its role in publicising new talent. The magazine has been known to find new or neglected acts long before the mainstream music press or industry.

Usage examples of "organ".

Church of England or of Rome as the medium of those superior ablutions described above, only that I think the Unitarian Church, like the Lyceum, as yet an open and uncommitted organ, free to admit the ministrations of any inspired man that shall pass by: whilst the other churches are committed and will exclude him.

Excessive marital indulgence produces abnormal conditions of the generative organs and not unfrequently leads to incurable disease.

Finally, he points out the practical bearing of the subject--for example, the probability of calculus causing sudden suppression of urine in such cases--and also the danger of surgical interference, and suggests the possibility of diagnosing the condition by ascertaining the absence of the opening of one ureter in the bladder by means of the cystoscope, and also the likelihood of its occurring where any abnormality of the genital organs is found, especially if this be unilateral.

In organ music the acciaccatura is still taken to mean that the embellishing tone and the melody tone are to be sounded together, the former being then instantly released, while the latter is held to its full time-value.

Thus, all the while that Galileo was inventing modern physics, teaching mathematics to princes, discovering new phenomena among the planets, publishing science books for the general public, and defending his bold theories against establishment enemies, he was also buying thread for Suor Luisa, choosing organ music for Mother Achillea, shipping gifts of food, and supplying his homegrown citrus fruits, wine, and rosemary leaves for the kitchen and apothecary at San Matteo.

And in that acoustically superb vaulted church -- cornerstone laid on March 28, 1343 -- a fat boy, supported by the main organ and the echo organ, sings a slender Credo.

We are least likely in the modifications of these organs to mistake a merely adaptive for an essential character.

It appears, then, that progressive degeneration of an organ can be adequately explained by variation with the removal of natural selection, and that it is not necessary or desirable to appeal to any Lamarckian factor of an unexplainable and undemonstrable nature.

A part or organ may be called sensitive, when its irritation excites movement in an adjoining part.

The outer portion of the adrenal glands, which makes up about nine tenths of the mass of the organs is the adrenal cortex.

The adrenal cortex is rich in cholesterol, richer than any other organ but the brain.

Hence, the palpitation of the heart, dyspepsia or acute attacks of indigestion, with colicky pains and heaviness after meals, with eructations or belchings of gas, or local discomfort and unnatural action affecting, at different times, almost every organ of the body.

The bunches of agrimony hanging head downward inside the warm dark cave were an infusion of the dried flowers and leaves useful for bruises and injuries to internal organs, as much as they were tall slender perennials with toothed leaves and tiny yellow flowers growing on tapering spikes.

The organ of alimentiveness, located directly in front of the ear, indicates the functional conditions of the stomach, which, when aroused by excessive hunger, exerts a debasing influence upon this and all of the adjacent organs, and is demoralizing to both body and mind.

Under local anesthetic, a thin, flexible catheter was passed up the femoral artery in the leg, to the aorta, and finally to the celiac axis, a network of arteries coming off the aorta to supply blood to all the upper-abdominal organs.