Definition of extrinsic in English:

extrinsic

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adjective

  • 1Not part of the essential nature of someone or something; coming or operating from outside.

    ‘extrinsic factors that might affect time budgets’
    • ‘the idea that power is extrinsic to production and profits’
    • ‘Because of its observational nature, our study cannot differentiate between intrinsic or extrinsic factors in the reduced reproductive success.’
    • ‘Thus three-dimensionality was extrinsic to painting, which was essentially flat, in Greenberg's view.’
    • ‘Other workers have, however, tended to view the diversifications as resulting from a complex mix of intrinsic biological and extrinsic physical factors.’
    • ‘To account for this consistency through transpositional evolutionary changes, both intrinsic and extrinsic factors can be evoked.’
    • ‘At this juncture, I reassert that population change in a given area is conditioned by its intrinsic and extrinsic factors.’
    • ‘This study therefore explores factors that are both extrinsic and intrinsic to news organization election coverage.’
    • ‘In the original conception of this study, motivators were dichotomized into intrinsic and extrinsic factors.’
    • ‘The genetic integrity of organisms is constantly challenged by extrinsic and intrinsic factors.’
    • ‘Little is known about individual variation in repair rates or about intrinsic or extrinsic factors that modulate repair activity.’
    • ‘Only bourgeois art, which has become autonomous in the face of demands of employment extrinsic to art, has taken up positions on behalf of the victims of bourgeois rationalization.’
    • ‘He castigates prize judges for giving the top awards to books for reasons extrinsic to literature.’
    • ‘Migration to other countries is in any case not extrinsic to the formation of such a nationalism.’
    • ‘A prospective study would also be useful in assessing the intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors at play in short track speed skating.’
    • ‘Motivation can be intrinsic (from the student) and extrinsic (from external factors).’
    • ‘Pressure ulcers result from numerous intrinsic and extrinsic factors.’
    • ‘Different extrinsic and intrinsic risk factors might be involved in the etiology of these injuries.’
    • ‘In short, it appears that it's due to extrinsic factors, rather than anything the province of Ontario itself did.’
    • ‘Causes can include intrinsic factors, such as high seed set, or extrinsic factors, such as a loss of competitors or herbivores.’
    • ‘It is unconditionally envisaged as homogeneous extension, extrinsic to the distributions which occupy it.’
    • ‘The more precisely we understand how the machine works intrinsically, the better we can deduce the contribution of extrinsic factors.’
    external, extraneous, exterior, outside, outward, alien, foreign, adventitious, superficial, surface
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    1. 1.1(of a muscle, such as any of the eye muscles) having its origin some distance from the part that it moves.
      ‘The extrinsic muscles of the larynx control the degree of tension on the vocal cords, and the intrinsic muscles regulate the glottis.’
      • ‘The extrinsic extensor tendon attaches to the base of the dorsum of the middle phalanx, and bands from the intrinsic hand muscles attach to the distal phalanx.’
      • ‘Unlike the upper esophageal sphincter, the lower sphincter is not pulled open by extrinsic musculature.’
      • ‘The thyroid cartilage and epiglottis are connected to the hyoid bone, and the cricoid cartilage is connected to the trachea by the extrinsic ligaments of the larynx.’
      • ‘Additional movement is caused by extrinsic muscles that arise from various cranial surfaces and enter the base of the tongue, pulling the tongue towards their attachments.’

Pronunciation

extrinsic

/ikˈstrinzik/ /ɪkˈstrɪnzɪk/ /ekˈstrinzik/ /ɛkˈstrɪnzɪk/

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘outward’): from late Latin extrinsecus ‘outward’, from Latin extrinsecus ‘outwardly’, based on exter ‘outer’; the ending was altered under the influence of -ic.