Intrinsic

Definition of Intrinsic

In`trin´sic   Pronunciation: ĭn`trĭn´sĭk
a.1.
1.Inward; internal; hence, true; genuine; real; essential; inherent; not merely apparent or accidental; - opposed to extrinsic; as, the intrinsic value of gold or silver; the intrinsic merit of an action; the intrinsic worth or goodness of a person.
He was better qualified than they to estimate justly the intrinsic value of Grecian philosophy and refinement.
- I. Taylor.
2.(Anat.) Included wholly within an organ or limb, as certain groups of muscles; - opposed to extrinsic.
Intrinsic energy of a body
(Physics) the work it can do in virtue of its actual condition, without any supply of energy from without.
Intrinsic equation of a curve
(Geom.) the equation which expresses the relation which the length of a curve, measured from a given point of it, to a movable point, has to the angle which the tangent to the curve at the movable point makes with a fixed line.
Intrinsic value
See the Note under Value, n.
n.1.A genuine quality.

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