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intrinsic

[in-trin-sik, -zik] /ɪnˈtrɪn sɪk, -zɪk/
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
1480-1490
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
Related forms
intrinsically, adverb
Can be confused
Synonyms
1. native, innate, natural, true, real. See essential.
Antonyms
1. extrinsic.
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Examples for intrinsical
  • It's not about the economic value of a language, languages also have an intrinsical value.
British Dictionary definitions for intrinsical

intrinsic

/ɪnˈtrɪnsɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
2.
(anatomy) situated within or peculiar to a part intrinsic muscles
Derived Forms
intrinsically, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin intrinsecus from Latin, inwardly, from intrā within + secus alongside; related to sequī to follow
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Word Origin and History for intrinsical

intrinsic

adj.

late 15c., "interior, inward, internal," from Middle French intrinsèque "inner" (13c.), from Medieval Latin intrinsecus "interior, internal," from Latin intrinsecus (adv.) "inwardly, on the inside," from intra "within" (see intra-) + secus "alongside," originally "following" (related to sequi "to follow;" see sequel). Meaning "belonging to the nature of a thing" is from 1640s. Related: Intrinsicly.

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intrinsical in Medicine

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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