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 for intrinsic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Intrinsic \In*trin"sic\ ([i^]n*tr[i^]n"s[i^]k), a. [L.
     intrinsecus inward, on the inside; intra within + secus
     otherwise, beside; akin to E. second: cf. F. intrins[`e]que.
     See Inter-, Second, and cf. Extrinsic.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Inward; internal; hence, true; genuine; real; essential;
        inherent; not merely apparent or accidental; -- opposed to
        extrinsic; as, the intrinsic value of gold or silver;
        the intrinsic merit of an action; the intrinsic worth or
        goodness of a person.
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              He was better qualified than they to estimate justly
              the intrinsic value of Grecian philosophy and
              refinement.                           --I. Taylor.
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     2. (Anat.) Included wholly within an organ or limb, as
        certain groups of muscles; -- opposed to extrinsic.
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     Intrinsic energy of a body (Physics), the work it can do in
        virtue of its actual condition, without any supply of
        energy from without.
  
     Intrinsic equation of a curve (Geom.), the equation which
        expresses the relation which the length of a curve,
        measured from a given point of it, to a movable point, has
        to the angle which the tangent to the curve at the movable
        point makes with a fixed line.
  
     Intrinsic value. See the Note under Value, n.
  
     Syn: Inherent; innate; natural; real; genuine.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Intrinsic \In*trin"sic\, n.
     A genuine quality. [Obs.] --Warburton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  intrinsic
      adj 1: belonging to a thing by its very nature; "form was
             treated as something intrinsic, as the very essence of
             the thing"- John Dewey [syn: intrinsic, intrinsical]
             [ant: extrinsic]
      2: situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part
         on which it acts; "intrinsic muscles"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  66 Moby Thesaurus words for "intrinsic":
     actual, appropriate, basic, central, characteristic, congenital,
     connate, constitutional, deep, deep-seated, distinctive,
     distinguished, elemental, esoteric, essential, fundamental,
     genuine, hereditary, idiocratic, idiosyncratic, immanent,
     implanted, implicit, in character, inalienable, inborn, inbred,
     indoor, indwelling, infixed, ingrained, inherent, inherited,
     inmost, innate, inner, innermost, inside, interior, internal,
     intestine, intimate, inward, inwrought, irreducible, marked,
     native, natural, organic, peculiar, private, proper,
     quintessential, real, resident, secret, single, singular,
     subjective, true, true to form, unalienable, unchallengeable,
     underlying, unique, unquestionable
  
  

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