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Meaning of extrinsic

ex•trin•sic

Pronunciation: (ik-strin'sik, -zik), [key]
— 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. (of certain muscles, nerves, etc.) originating outside the anatomical limits of a part.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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