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Definition of "intrinsic" []

  • Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent. (adjective)
  • Anatomy Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "intrinsic" in a sentence
  • "Maybe that should be regarded as a clue to the main intrinsic purpose of the institution."
  • "I think for someone sensitive who truly believes in intrinsic goodness would pretty much have had to kill themselves after WWII."
  • "This population is already prone to deficiency in intrinsic factor, necessary for B12 absorption."