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adjective ex·ter·nal \ek-ˈstər-nəl\

Definition of external

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

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

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

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Examples of external in a sentence

  1. the external features of the building

  2. the external signs of the disease

Origin and Etymology 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: such asa :  an outer partb :  an external feature or aspect —usually used in plural

Circa 1635

First Known Use of external

circa 1635


EXTERNAL Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective ex·ter·nal \ek-ˈstər-nəl\

Definition of external for English Language Learners

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

  • : coming from outside

  • : existing or occurring outside your mind


EXTERNAL Defined for Kids

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adjective ex·ter·nal \ek-ˈstər-nəl\

Definition of external for Students

  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 muscleb:  directed toward the outside :  having an outside object external perception eyesight and the other external sensesc:  used by applying to the outside an external lotion

  3. 3a (1):  situated near or toward the surface of the body; also :  situated away from the mesial plane the external condyle of the humerus (2):  arising or acting from outside :  having an outside origin external causes external stimulib:  of, relating to, or consisting of something outside the mind :  having existence independent of the mind sensations aroused by external phenomena external reality

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