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external

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adjective ex·ter·nal \ek-ˈstər-nəl\

Simple Definition of external

  • : located, seen, or used on the outside or surface of something

  • : coming from outside

  • : existing or occurring outside your mind

Full Definition of external

  1. 1 a :  capable of being perceived outwardly <external signs of a disease> b (1) :  having merely the outward appearance of something :  superficial (2) :  not intrinsic or essential <external circumstances>

  2. 2 a :  of, relating to, or connected with the outside or an outer part <the building's external features> b :  applied or applicable to the outside <a lotion for external use>

  3. 3 a (1) :  situated outside, apart, or beyond; specifically :  situated near or toward the surface of the body (2) :  arising or acting from outside <an external force> b :  of or relating to dealings or relationships with foreign countries c :  having existence independent of the mind <external reality>

ex·ter·nal·ly play \-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of external

  1. the external features of the building

  2. the external signs of the disease



Origin of external

Latin externus external, from exter — more at exterior


First Known Use: 1542


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external

noun ex·ter·nal

Definition of external

  1. :  something that is external: as a :  an outer part b :  an external feature or aspect —usually used in plural



Circa 1635

First Known Use of external

circa 1635


EXTERNAL Defined for Kids

external

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adjective ex·ter·nal \ek-ˈstər-nəl\

Definition of external

  1. :  situated on or relating to the outside :  outside




Medical Dictionary

external

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adjective ex·ter·nal \ek-ˈstərn-əl\

Medical Definition of external

  1. 1:  capable of being perceived outwardly :  bodily <external signs of a disease>

  2. 2a:  situated at, on, or near the outside <an external protective covering> <an external muscle>b:  directed toward the outside :  having an outside object <external perception> <eyesight and the other external senses>c:  used by applying to the outside <an external lotion>

  3. 3a:  situated near or toward the surface of the body; also :  situated away from the mesial plane <the external condyle of the humerus>:  arising or acting from outside :  having an outside origin <external causes> <external stimuli>b:  of, relating to, or consisting of something outside the mind :  having existence independent of the mind <sensations aroused by external phenomena> <external reality>

  4. ex·ter·nal·ly \-əl-ē\play adverb





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