Definitions for extrinsicɪkˈstrɪn sɪk, -zɪk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ex•trin•sicɪkˈstrɪn sɪk, -zɪk(adj.)
not essential or inherent; extraneous:
being, operating, or coming from without:
(of a muscle or nerve) originating outside the anatomical limits of a part.
Origin of extrinsic:
1535–45; < LL extrinsicus, adj. use of L extrinsecus (adv.) on the outside
not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside
"extrinsic evidence"; "an extrinsic feature of the new building"; "that style is something extrinsic to the subject"; "looking for extrinsic aid"
external, separable from the thing itself, inessential
not belonging to, outside of
Origin: From extrinsecus, from *, an assumed adverbial form of exter + seccus
not contained in or belonging to a body; external; outward; unessential; -- opposed to intrinsic
attached partly to an organ or limb and partly to some other part/ -- said of certain groups of muscles. Opposed to intrinsic