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Definition of Extrinsic

Extrinsic: 1. Not an essential or inherent part of a something such as a structure.
2. Coming from the outside. Extrinsic forces can mold the head before birth.
From the Latin extrinsecus meaning from outside. The opposite of extrinsic is intrinsic.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=40363
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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