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Meaning of INTRINSIC

Pronunciation:  in'trinsik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (anatomy) situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts; "intrinsic muscles"
  2. [adj]  belonging to a thing by its very nature; "form was treated as something intrinsic, as the very essence of the thing"- John Dewey

INTRINSIC is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: built-in, constitutional, inbuilt, inherent, inner, integral, internal, intimate, intrinsical
 Antonyms: extrinsic
 See Also: essential, inalienable, unalienable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*trin"sic\ ([i^]n*tr[i^]n"s[i^]k), a. [L.
    intrinsecus inward, on the inside; intra within + secus
    otherwise, beside; akin to E. second: cf. F. intrins[`e]que.
    See {Inter-}, {Second}, and cf. {Extrinsic}.]
    1. Inward; internal; hence, true; genuine; real; essential;
       inherent; not merely apparent or accidental; -- opposed to
       {extrinsic}; as, the intrinsic value of gold or silver;
       the intrinsic merit of an action; the intrinsic worth or
       goodness of a person.
             He was better qualified than they to estimate justly
             the intrinsic value of Grecian philosophy and
             refinement.                           --I. Taylor.
    2. (Anat.) Included wholly within an organ or limb, as
       certain groups of muscles; -- opposed to {extrinsic}.
    {Intrinsic energy of a body} (Physics), the work it can do in
       virtue of its actual condition, without any supply of
       energy from without.
    {Intrinsic equation of a curve} (Geom.), the equation which
       expresses the relation which the length of a curve,
       measured from a given point of it, to a movable point, has
       to the angle which the tangent to the curve at the movable
       point makes with a fixed line.
    {Intrinsic value}. See the Note under {Value}, n.
    Syn: Inherent; innate; natural; real; genuine.
  2. \In*trin"sic\, n.
    A genuine quality. [Obs.] --Warburton.
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