Simple Definition of extrinsic
: not part of something : coming from the outside of something
Full Definition of extrinsic
Examples of extrinsic
You have to consider any extrinsic factors in the success of the business.
<the fact that the ring belonged to your grandmother is extrinsic to its value to a jeweler>
Synonym Discussion of extrinsic
Medical Definition of extrinsic
1: originating or due to causes or factors from or on the outside of a body, organ, or part <renal tumors or cysts…causing extrinsic compression of the renal vasculature—Scientific American Medicine>
2: originating outside a part and acting on the part as a whole—used especially of certain muscles <the extrinsic muscles of the tongue>; compare intrinsic 2
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