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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intrinsic mean? 

INTRINSIC (adjective)
  The adjective INTRINSIC has 2 senses:

1. belonging to a thing by its very nature
2. situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts

  Familiarity information: INTRINSIC used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

INTRINSIC (adjective)

Sense 1intrinsic [BACK TO TOP]


Belonging to a thing by its very nature


intrinsic; intrinsical

Context example:

form was treated as something intrinsic, as the very essence of the thing


built-in; constitutional; inbuilt; inherent; integral (existing as an essential constituent or characteristic)

inner; internal; intimate (innermost or essential)


inalienable; unalienable (incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another)

essential (basic and fundamental)


extrinsic (not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside)

Sense 2intrinsic [BACK TO TOP]


Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts

Context example:

intrinsic muscles


internal (happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface)

Domain category:

anatomy; general anatomy (the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals)

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