- 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.
intrinsic definition by Webster's New World
- belonging to the real nature of a thing; not dependent on external circumstances; essential; inherent
- Anat. located within, or exclusively of, a part
Origin: Late Middle English intrinsique ; from Middle French intrinsèque ; from Late Latin intrinsecus, inward ; from Classical Latin inwardly ; from intra-, within (see intra-) plush secus, following: see extrinsic
intrinsic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English intrinsique, inner, from Old French intrinseque, from Late Latin intrīnsecus, inward, from Latin, inwardly; see en in Indo-European roots.
- in·trinˈsi·cal·ly adverb
intrinsic - Medical Definition
- Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing.
- Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles.