ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Organic matter is a broad category that includes both natural and man-made molecules containing carbon and hydrogen but that are not carbonate or cyanide related. All living matter in water is made up of organic molecules. The most common are by-products of vegetative decay such as tannins, lignins, and humic acid.


Substance based on carbon and also containing hydrogen, with or without oxygen, nitrogen or other elements.

Publication Source: ISO/TC209 Working Groups at 2001-03-31 – Committee Draft ISO/CD 14644-6 “Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments” – Part 6: Terms and Definitions

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