[in-trin-sik, -zik] /ɪnˈtrɪn sɪk, -zɪk/
belonging to a thing by its very nature:
the intrinsic value of a gold ring.
Anatomy. (of certain muscles, nerves, etc.) belonging to or lying within a given part.
of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
(anatomy) situated within or peculiar to a part: intrinsic muscles
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.
intrinsic in·trin·sic (ĭn-trĭn’zĭk, -sĭk)
noun, Biochemistry. 1. a glycoprotein, secreted by the gastric mucosa, that is involved in the intestinal absorption of vitamin B 12 . noun 1. (biochem) a glycoprotein, secreted by the stomach, the presence of which is necessary for the absorption of cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12) in the intestine intrinsic factor n. A relatively small mucoprotein secreted […]
- Intrinsic motivation
noun the undertaking of an activity, as a hobby, without external incentive; also, personal satisfaction derived through self-initiated achievement Examples Intrinsic motivation is the motivation that comes from inside the performer.
- Intrinsic reflex
intrinsic reflex n. A reflex muscular contraction elicited by the application of a stimulus, usually stretching, to the muscle.
operating system, graphics A library package on top of Xlib, extending the basic functions of the X Window System. It provides mechanisms for building widget sets and application environments. (1996-08-26)