ex·trin·sic (ĭk-strĭnsĭk, -zĭk)
1. Not forming an essential or inherent part of a thing; extraneous.
2. Originating from the outside; external.
[Latin extrīnsecus, from outside : exter, outside; see EXTERIOR + -im, adv. suff. + secus, alongside; see sekw-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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