What would be the one word substitute for a property or a behavior displayed by a product which it is not primarily designed for but such a behavior exists due to the property of the material it is manufactured with.

For example: An electrical transformer has hysteresis loss due to the property of the material it is made up of but this is not something it is designed for.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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    If there is such a term it's likely a pretty esoteric engineering jargon. What you are talking about is an intrinsic property of the material -- which isn't an answer, but might help you when searching for one.
    – Andrew
    Dec 26 '17 at 15:18
  • Would substrate work?
    – LawrenceC
    Dec 26 '17 at 15:42
  • @LawrenceC I am afraid that it is not the word I am looking for although 'intrinsic' as pointed out by Andrew seems to be partially correct in my case but it can more specifically be used for material and not the manufactured product.
    – A. Sinha
    Dec 26 '17 at 15:50
  • @A.Sinha try the electrical engineering SE? electronics.stackexchange.com/questions As I said, if if the term exists it's likely to be jargon and only known/used by a select few.
    – Andrew
    Dec 26 '17 at 16:52
  • @Andrew i think the electronic context was given just as an example, i think this is not only about electronics but products as a whole. Anything that is made of something would fit as an example.
    – Zorkind
    Dec 26 '17 at 17:29

I agree with the comments that a single-word substitution, if an appropriate word exists, may be very specialized. If this is a request for the word in a specific context or usage example, more details on that specific example may be helpful.

However, I think that some more standard words may help, especially if you loosen the one-word criterion. I'll submit incidental, as describing something which is true of the product but unrelated to its intended function:

An electrical transformer has hysteresis loss due to incidental properties of its components/component materials.

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