intrinsic


in·trin·sic

adjective \in-ˈtrin-zik, -ˈtrin(t)-sik\

: belonging to the essential nature of a thing : occurring as a natural part of something

Full Definition of INTRINSIC

1
a :  belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing <the intrinsic worth of a gem> <the intrinsic brightness of a star>
b :  being or relating to a semiconductor in which the concentration of charge carriers is characteristic of the material itself instead of the content of any impurities it contains
2
a :  originating or due to causes within a body, organ, or part <an intrinsic metabolic disease>
b :  originating and included wholly within an organ or part <intrinsic muscles> — compare extrinsic 1b
in·trin·si·cal·ly \-zi-k(ə-)lē, -si-\ adverb

Examples of INTRINSIC

  1. the intrinsic value of a gem
  2. the intrinsic brightness of a star
  3. He is the ideal courtier. His nobility is intrinsic, and so he can drape himself in this purple cloak of tasteful modernity, make a cocktail of past and present, the cream of both. —Noah Charney, The Art Thief, 2007

Origin of INTRINSIC

French intrinsèque internal, from Late Latin intrinsecus, from Latin, adverb, inwardly; akin to Latin intra within — more at intra-
First Known Use: 1635

in·trin·sic

adjective \in-ˈtrin-zik, -ˈtrin(t)-sik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INTRINSIC

1
: originating or due to causes or factors within a body, organ, or part <intrinsic asthma>
2
: originating and included wholly within an organ or part—used especially of certain muscles <the cricothyroid is an intrinsic muscle of the larynx>; compare extrinsic 2

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