intrinsic
adjective Etymology: French intrinsèque internal, from Late Latin intrinsecus, from Latin, adverb, inwardly; akin to Latin intra within — more at intra- Date: 1635 1. a. belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing <
the intrinsic worth of a gem
>
<
the intrinsic brightness of a star
>
b. being or relating to a semiconductor in which the concentration of charge carriers is characteristic of the material itself instead of the content of any impurities it contains 2. a. originating or due to causes within a body, organ, or part <
an intrinsic metabolic disease
>
b. originating and included wholly within an organ or part <
intrinsic muscles
>
— compare extrinsic 1b • intrinsically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intrinsic — in·trin·sic /in trin zik, sik/ adj: belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. intrinsic …   Law dictionary

  • intrinsic — UK US /ɪnˈtrɪnsɪk/ adjective ► being an extremely important and basic characteristic of a person or thing: intrinsic to sth »Design is intrinsic to every product. an intrinsic part/element of sth »Stay at home mothers are an intrinsic part of the …   Financial and business terms

  • intrinsic — means ‘inherent, essential, belonging naturally’ and is the opposite of extrinsic: • The study of portraits on coins is…as much about the political factors that influenced them as about their intrinsic or moral interest A. Burnett, 1991. See… …   Modern English usage

  • Intrinsic — In*trin sic, n. A genuine quality. [Obs.] Warburton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • intrinsic — inherent, ingrained, constitutional, essential Analogous words: inner, inward, internal, interior, inside, intestine: innate, inborn, inbred, congenital: natural, normal, typical, *regular Antonyms: extrinsic Contrasted words: *outer, outward,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intrinsic —  Intrinsic  Беспримесный (собственный)   Полупроводник, в котором можно пренебречь влиянием примесей при данной температуре. Для полупроводников характерно наличие не очень широкой запрещенной зоны в энергетической диаграмме. При T=0оК у… …   Толковый англо-русский словарь по нанотехнологии. - М.

  • intrinsic — [adj] basic, inborn built in, central, congenital, connate, constitutional, constitutive, deep seated, elemental, essential, fundamental, genuine, hereditary, inbred, indwelling, inherent, inmost, innate, intimate, material, native, natural,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • intrinsic — [in trin′sik, in trin′zik] adj. [LME intrinsique < MFr intrinsèque < LL intrinsecus, inward < L, inwardly < intra , within (see INTRA ) + secus, following: see EXTRINSIC] 1. belonging to the real nature of a thing; not dependent on… …   English World dictionary

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