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[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)


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