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intrinsic

[ in-trin-sik, -zik ]
/ ɪnˈtrɪn sɪk, -zɪk /
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adjective

belonging to a thing by its very nature: the intrinsic value of a gold ring.
Anatomy. (of certain muscles, nerves, etc.) belonging to or lying within a given part.

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Origin of intrinsic

First recorded in 1480–90; Middle English intrinsique “inner,” from Old French intrinseque “internal, inner,” from Late Latin intrinsecus “inward” (adjective), from Latin intrinsecus “on the inside, inwards” (adverb), equivalent to intrin- (from int(e)r-, as in interior + -im, an old accusative ending used as an adverb suffix + secus “beside,” derivative of sequī “to follow”)

synonym study for intrinsic

1. See essential.

OTHER WORDS FROM intrinsic

in·trin·si·cal·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intrinsic

inherent, internal, intrinsic
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British Dictionary definitions for intrinsic

intrinsic

intrinsical

/ (ɪnˈtrɪnsɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
anatomy situated within or peculiar to a partintrinsic muscles

Derived forms of intrinsic

intrinsically, adverb

Word Origin for intrinsic

C15: from Late Latin intrinsecus from Latin, inwardly, from intrā within + secus alongside; related to sequī to follow
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Medical definitions for intrinsic

intrinsic
[ ĭn-trĭnzĭk ]

adj.

Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing.
Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles.
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