Intrinsic
Intrinsic 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}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

He was better qualified than they to estimate justly the intrinsic value of Grecian philosophy and refinement. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) Included wholly within an organ or limb, as certain groups of muscles; -- opposed to {extrinsic}. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • intrinsic — late 15c., interior, inward, internal, from M.Fr. intrinsèque inner (13c.), from M.L. intrinsecus interior, internal, from L. intrinsecus (adv.) inwardly, on the inside, from intra within (see INTRA (Cf. intra )) + secus alongside, originally… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • intrinsic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ belonging to the basic nature of someone or something; essential. DERIVATIVES intrinsically adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «interior, inner»: from Latin intrinsecus inwardly, inwards …   English terms dictionary

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