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extrinsic

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adjective ex·trin·sic \ek-ˈstrin-zik, -ˈstrin(t)-sik\

Medical Definition of extrinsic

  1. 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. 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

extrinsically \-zi-k(ə-)lē, -si-\play adverb




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