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extrinsic

adjective uk   /ekˈstrɪn.zɪk/ formal us  

extrinsic adjective (FROM OUTSIDE)

coming from outside, or not related to something: Extrinsic forces were responsible for the breakdown of the peace talks.From, out and outside specialized medical coming from outside the body: Eczema can have extrinsic causes.

extrinsic adjective (MUSCLE)

specialized medical describes muscles that are some distance from the body part they move: The extrinsic eye muscles are six muscles external to the eye which control the way the eye moves.
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