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Organs are groups of tissues with similar functions. Plant and animal life relies on many organs that coexist in organ systems.BOOK
, Widmaier EP
, Raff H, Strang KT
, 2014
, Vander's Human Physiology
, 12th
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, {{page needed|date=May 2015}}Organs are composed of main tissue and in the tissue are cells, parenchyma, and sporadic tissues, stroma. The main tissue 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. The main tissues that make up an organ tend to have common embryologic origins, such as arising from the same germ layer. Functionally related organs often cooperate to form whole organ systems. Organs exist in most multicellular organisms. In single-celled organisms such as bacteria, the functional analogue of an organ is known as an organelle. In plants, there are three main organs.WEB, Botany/Plant structure - Wikibooks, open books for an open world,weblink, en, A hollow organ is an internal organ that forms a hollow tube, or pouch such as the stomach, intestine, or bladder.In the study of anatomy, the term viscus refers to an internal organ. Viscera is the plural form.WEB,weblink Viscus - Definition, Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 14 December 2009, WEB,weblink Viscera, MeSH, 14 December 2009, Seventy-nine organs have been identified in the human body.NEWS,weblink New organ named in digestive system, 2017, BBC News, 2018-02-05, en-GB,



In biology, tissue is a cellular organizational level between cells and complete organs. A tissue is an ensemble of similar cells and their extracellular matrix from the same origin that together carry out a specific function. Organs are then formed by the functional grouping together of multiple tissues.The study of human and animal tissues is known as histology or, in connection with disease, histopathology. For plants, the discipline is called plant morphology. Classical tools for studying tissues include the paraffin block (agarose gel is often used with plantsJOURNAL, Lišková, Desana, Kollárová, Karin, Martinka, Michal, Sterckeman, Thibault, Lux, Alexander, Zelko, Ivan, 2012-07-01, An easy method for cutting and fluorescent staining of thin roots, Annals of Botany, en, 110, 2, 475–478, 10.1093/aob/mcs046, 22419758, 0305-7364, 3394640, WEB,weblink Rapid Preparation of Transverse Sections of Plant Roots {{!, Schiefelbein Lab|language=en-US|access-date=2019-03-19}}) in which tissue is embedded and then sectioned, the histological stain, and the optical microscope. In the last couple of decades, developments in electron microscopy, immunofluorescence, and the use of frozen tissue sections have enhanced the detail that can be observed in tissues. With these tools, the classical appearances of tissues can be examined in health and disease, enabling considerable refinement of medical diagnosis and prognosis.

Organ systems

{{See also|List of organs of the human body}}Two or more organs working together in the execution of a specific body function form an organ system, also called a biological system or body system. The functions of organ systems often share significant overlap. For instance, the nervous and endocrine system both operate via a shared organ, the hypothalamus. For this reason, the two systems are combined and studied as the neuroendocrine system. The same is true for the musculoskeletal system because of the relationship between the muscular and skeletal systems.Common organ system designations in plants includes the differentiation of shoot and root. All parts of the plant above ground (in non-epiphytes), including the functionally distinct leaf and flower organs, may be classified together as the shoot organ system.WEB,weblink The Plant Body {{!, Boundless Biology||access-date=2019-03-19}}



File:Leber Schaf.jpg|thumb|The liver and gallbladder of a sheepsheepNon-placozoan animals such as humans have a variety of organ systems. These specific systems are also widely studied in human anatomy.


{{See also|Plant anatomy}}
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The study of plant organs is referred to as plant morphology, rather than anatomy {{En dash}} as in animal systems. Organs of plants can be divided into vegetative and reproductive. Vegetative plant organs include roots, stems, and leaves. The reproductive organs are variable. In flowering plants, they are represented by the flower, seed and fruit.WEB, Reproduction in Plants,weblink biologyreference. com/Re-Se/Reproduction-in-Plants.html, Biology Reference, Biology Reference, 8 September 2019, In conifers, the organ that bears the reproductive structures is called a cone. In other divisions (phyla) of plants, the reproductive organs are called strobili, in Lycopodiophyta, or simply gametophores in mosses.The vegetative organs are essential for maintaining the life of a plant. While there can be 11 organ systems in animals, there are far fewer in plants, where some perform the vital functions, such as photosynthesis, while the reproductive organs are essential in reproduction. However, if there is asexual vegetative reproduction, the vegetative organs are those that create the new generation of plants (see clonal colony).

Society and culture

Many societies have a system for organ donation, in which a living or deceased donor's organ is transplanted into a person with a failing organ. The transplantation of larger solid organs often requires immunosuppression to prevent organ rejection or graft-versus-host disease.There is considerable interest throughout the world in creating laboratory-grown or artificial organs.{{citation needed|date=February 2018}}Organ-on-a-chip is being developed in various research centers, including the Wyss Institute at Harvard Medical School in Boston.


(File:View of Viscera Page 82.jpg|thumb|right|Human viscera){{expand section|date=February 2018}}The English word "organ" dates back to the twelfth century, in reference to any musical instrument. By the late 14th century, the musical term's meaning had narrowed to refer specifically to the keyboard-based instrument. At the same time, a second meaning arose, in reference to a "body part adapted to a certain function".DICTIONARY, organ (n.),weblink Online Etymology Dictionary, 22 March 2019, Plant organs are made from tissue composed of different types of tissue. The three tissue types are ground, vascular, and dermal.WEB, Plant Development I: Tissue differentiation and function,weblink Biology 1520 (Georgia Tech), Georgia Tech, 8 September 2019, When three or more organs are present, it is called an organ system.NEWS,weblink Organ System - Definition and Examples {{!, Biology Dictionary|date=2016-10-31|work=Biology Dictionary|access-date=2018-02-10|language=en-US}}.The adjective (wikt:visceral|visceral), also splanchnic, is used for anything pertaining to the internal organs. Historically, viscera of animals were examined by Roman pagan priests like the haruspices or the augurs in order to divine the future by their shape, dimensions or other factors.BOOK, Dickie, Matthew W., Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World, February 23, 2003, Routledge, 0415311292, 274, 1, This practice remains an important ritual in some remote, tribal societies.The term "visceral" is contrasted with the term "", meaning "of or relating to the wall of a body part, organ or cavity"WEB,weblink Parietal – Learning brain structure, function and variability from neuroimaging data.,, en-US, 2018-02-10, The two terms are often used in describing a membrane or piece of connective tissue, referring to the opposing sides.WEB, Thoracic cavity,weblink Amboss, Amboss, 8 September 2019,


Aristotle used the word frequently in his philosophy, both to describe the organs of plants or animals (e.g. the roots of a tree, the heart or liver of an animal), and to describe more abstract "parts" of an interconnected whole (e.g. his logical works, taken as a whole, are referred to as the "organon").WEB, Lennox, James, Aristotle's Biology,weblink Plato, Stanford University, 23 March 2019, 15 Feb 2006, 31 Jan 2017, Section 2: Aristotle's Philosophy of Science, Some alchemists (e.g. Paracelsus) adopted the Hermetic Qabalah assignment between the seven vital organs and the seven classical planets as follows:Philip Ball, The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science, {{ISBN|978-0-09-945787-9}}{{page needed|date=May 2015}}{|class="wikitable"
|Gall bladder

Modern times

{{anchor|Modern times}}The variations in natural language definitions of what constitutes an organ, their degree of precision, and the variations in how they map to ontologies and taxonomies in information science (for example, to count how many organs exist in a typical human body) are topics explored by writer Carl Engelking of Discover magazine in 2017 as he analyzed the science journalism coverage of the evolving scientific understanding of the mesentery.{{Citation |last=Engelking |first=Carl |date=2017-01-06 |title=We got the mesentery news all wrong |work=The Crux (a group blog by Discover writers) |url=weblink |doi= |postscript=.}} He explored a challenge now faced by anatomists: as human understanding of ontology generally (that is, how things are defined, and how the relationship of one thing to another is defined) meets applied ontology and ontology engineering, unification of varying views is in higher demand. However, such unification always faces epistemologic frontiers, as humans can only declare computer ontologies with certainty and finality to the extent that their own cognitive taxonomy (that is, science's understanding of the universe) is certain and final. For example, the fact that the tissues of the mesentery are continuous was something that was simply not known for sure until it was demonstrated with microscopy.JOURNAL, Coffey, J Calvin, O'Leary, D Peter, The mesentery: structure, function, and role in disease, The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 1, 3, 2016, 238–247, 10.1016/S2468-1253(16)30026-7, 28404096, Because humans cannot predict all future scientific discoveries, they cannot build a unified ontology that is totally certain and will never again change. However, one of the points made by an anatomist interviewed by Engelking is that, finality aside, much more could be done even now to represent existing human knowledge more clearly for computing purposes.

Organ Procedures

Beginning in the 20th centuryWEB, Timeline of Historical Events and Significant Milestones,weblink Organ Donor Government Web, 19 March 2019, transplants began to occur as scientists knew more about the anatomy of organs. These came later in time as procedures were often dangerous and difficult.WEB,weblink transplant | Definition, Types, & Rejection, Encyclopedia Britannica, Both the source and method of obtaining the organ to transplant are major ethical issues to consider, and because organs as resources for transplant are always more limited than demand for them, various notions of justice, including distributive justice, are developed in the ethical analysis. This situation continues as long as transplantation relies upon organ donors rather than technological innovation, testing, and industrial manufacturing.

Origin and evolution

(File:Origin of major organs on the animal phylogeny.jpg|thumb|left|Relationship of major animal lineages with indication of how long ago these animals shared a common ancestor. On the left, important organs are shown, which allows us to determine how long ago these may have evolved.)The organ level of organisation in animals can be first detected in flatworms and the more derived phyla. The less-advanced taxa (like Placozoa, Sponges and Radiata) do not show consolidation of their tissues into organs.More complex animals are composed of different organs, which have been evolving over time. For example, the liver evolved in the stem vertebrates more than 500 million years ago, while the gut and brain are even more ancient, arising in the ancestor of vertebrates, insects, and worms more than 600 million years ago.Given the ancient origin of most vertebrate organs, researchers have looked for model systems, where organs have evolved more recently, and ideally have evolved multiple times independently. An outstanding model for this kind of research is the placenta, which has evolved more than 100 times independently in vertebrates, has evolved relatively recently in some lineages, and exists in intermediate forms in extant taxa.JOURNAL, Griffith, Oliver W., Wagner, G?nter P., The placenta as a model for understanding the origin and evolution of vertebrate organs, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 23 March 2017, 1, 4, 0072, 10.1038/s41559-017-0072, 28812655, Studies on the evolution of the placenta have identified a variety of genetic and physiological processes that contribute to the origin and evolution of organs, these include the re-purposing of existing animal tissues, the acquisition of new functional properties by these tissues, and novel interactions of distinct tissue types.{{Clear}}

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