PRONUNCIATION: in-trin'zik, -sik
ADJECTIVE: 1. Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent. 2. Anatomy Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English intrinsique, inner, from Old French intrinseque, from Late Latin intrinsecus, inward, from Latin, inwardly. See en in Appendix I.
OTHER FORMS: in·trinsi·cal·ly —ADVERB
We hear the phrase intrinsically safe quite a bit in my industry, referring to an electronic device that is designed to be safe for use in volatile environments.
I just like the word intrinsic.