intrinsic

[in-trin-sik, -zik]
adjective
1.
belonging to a thing by its very nature: the intrinsic value of a gold ring.
2.
Anatomy. (of certain muscles, nerves, etc.) belonging to or lying within a given part.
Also, intrinsical.


Origin:
1480–90; < Medieval Latin intrinsecus inward (adj.), Latin (adv.), equivalent to intrin- (int(e)r-, as in interior + -im adv. suffix) + secus beside, derivative of sequī to follow

intrinsically, adverb

extraneous, external, extrinsic, internal, intrinsic.


1. native, innate, natural, true, real. See essential.


1. extrinsic.
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intrinsic or intrinsical (ɪnˈtrɪnsɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
2.  anatomy situated within or peculiar to a part: intrinsic muscles
 
[C15: from Late Latin intrinsecus from Latin, inwardly, from intrā within + secus alongside; related to sequī to follow]
 
intrinsical or intrinsical
 
adj
 
[C15: from Late Latin intrinsecus from Latin, inwardly, from intrā within + secus alongside; related to sequī to follow]
 
in'trinsically or intrinsical
 
adv

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intrinsic
late 15c., "interior, inward, internal," from M.Fr. intrinsèque (13c.) "inner," from M.L. intrinsecus "interior, internal," from L. intrinsecus (adv.) "inwardly, on the inside," from intra "within" + secus "alongside," originally "following" (related to sequi "to follow"). Meaning "belonging to
the nature of a thing" is from 1640s.
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intrinsic in·trin·sic (ĭn-trĭn'zĭk, -sĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing.

  2. 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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