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Definition of Intrinsic

Intrinsic: 1. An essential or inherent part of a something such as a structure.
2. Coming from within, from the inside. Proteins have intrinsic signals that govern their transport and localization in the cell.
From the Latin intrinsecus meaning situated on the inside. The opposite of intrinsic is extrinsic.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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