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extrinsic

[ik-strin-sik, -zik]
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adjective
  1. not essential or inherent; not a basic part or quality; extraneous: facts that are extrinsic to the matter under discussion.
  2. being outside a thing; outward or external; operating or coming from without: extrinsic influences.
  3. Anatomy. (of certain muscles, nerves, etc.) originating outside the anatomical limits of a part.
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Also Archaic, ex·trin·si·cal.

Origin of extrinsic

1535–45; < Late Latin extrinsecus outward, adj. use of Latin extrinsecus (adv.) on the outward side, equivalent to extrim- (ext(e)r outer (see exterior) + -im adv. suffix) + secus beside (derivative of sequī to follow)
Related formsex·trin·si·cal·ly, adverbnon·ex·trin·sic, adjectivenon·ex·trin·si·cal, adjectivenon·ex·trin·si·cal·ly, adverbun·ex·trin·sic, adjective
Can be confusedextraneous external extrinsic internal intrinsic
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Related Words for extrinsic

acquired, alien, exotic, exterior, external, extraneous, imported, outer, outside, outward, superficial

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British Dictionary definitions for extrinsic

extrinsic

adjective
  1. not contained or included within; extraneous
  2. originating or acting from outside; external
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Derived Formsextrinsically, adverb

Word Origin for extrinsic

C16: from Late Latin extrinsecus (adj) outward, from Latin (adv) from without, on the outward side, from exter outward + secus alongside, related to sequī to follow
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Word Origin and History for extrinsic

adj.

1540s, from French extrinsèque, from Late Latin extrinsecus (adj.), from Latin extrinsecus (adv.) "outwardly," from exter "outside" + in, suffix of locality, + secus "beside, alongside," originally "following" (related to sequi "to follow;" see sequel).

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extrinsic in Medicine

extrinsic

(ĭk-strĭnsĭk, -zĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to an organ or structure, especially a muscle, originating outside of the part where it is found or upon which it acts; adventitious.
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Related formsex•trinsi•cal•ly adv.
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