intrinsic[in trin′sik, -zik]
- The definition of intrinsic is something that is natural or inherent, as opposed to something that has to be learned.
An example of intrinsic is a mother's love for her child.
A mother's love is something that is intrinsic.
- belonging to the real nature of a thing; not dependent on external circumstances; essential; inherent
- Anat. located within, or exclusively of, a part
Origin of intrinsicLate Middle English intrinsique ; from Middle French intrinsèque ; from Late Latin intrinsecus, inward ; from Classical Latin inwardly ; from intra-, within (see intra-) + secus, following: see extrinsic
- Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent.
- Anatomy Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles.
Origin of intrinsicMiddle English intrinsique, inner, from Old French intrinseque, from Late Latin intrīnsecus, inward, from Latin, inwardly; see en in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more intrinsic, superlative most intrinsic)