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ex•trin•sic  (ik strinsik, -zik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. not essential or inherent;
    not a basic part or quality;
    extraneous:facts that are extrinsic to the matter under discussion.
  2. being outside a thing;
    outward or external;
    operating or coming from without:extrinsic influences.
  3. Anatomy(of certain muscles, nerves, etc.) originating outside the anatomical limits of a part.
Also,  ex•trinsi•cal.  ex•trinsi•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Late Latin extrinsecus outward, adjective, adjectival use of Latin extrinsecus (adverb, adverbial) on the outward side, equivalent. to extrim- (ext(e)r outer (see exterior) + -im adverb, adverbial suffix) + secus beside (derivative of sequī to follow)
  • 1535–45

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extrinsic /ɛkˈstrɪnsɪk/ adj
  1. not contained or included within; extraneous
  2. originating or acting from outside; external
Etymology: 16th Century: from Late Latin extrinsecus (adj) outward, from Latin (adv) from without, on the outward side, from exter outward + secus alongside, related to sequī to follow

exˈtrinsically adv

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