Intrinsic and extrinsic properties

Intrinsic and extrinsic properties

The term "intrinsic" denotes a characteristic or property of some thing or action which is essential and specific to that thing or action, and which is wholly independent of any other object, action or consequence. A characteristic which is not essential or inherent is "extrinsic".

For example in biology, intrinsic effects originate from "inside" an organism or cell, such as an autoimmune disease or intrinsic immunity.

More specific uses of the concepts can be found:
* in philosophy; Intrinsic and extrinsic properties (philosophy)
* in physics; Intensive and extensive properties
* in psychology; intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
* in computing; intrinsic function.
* in mathematics; Intrinsic equations.

ee also

*Specific properties
*Extrinsic value
*Haecceity
*Intrinsic value
*Quiddity
*Intrinsic semiconductor
*Extrinsic semiconductor
*Intrinsic immunity


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