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external

adjective ex·ter·nal \ ek-ˈstər-nᵊl \

Definition of external

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 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 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

externally

play \ek-ˈstər-nᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of external in a Sentence

  1. the external features of the building

  2. the external signs of the disease

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Origin and Etymology of external

Latin externus external, from exter — more at exterior


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external

noun

Definition of external

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

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First Known Use of external

circa 1635


EXTERNAL Defined for English Language Learners

external

adjective

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

external

adjective ex·ter·nal \ ek-ˈstər-nᵊl \

Definition of external for Students

:situated on or relating to the outside :outside

Medical Dictionary

external

adjective ex·ter·nal \ ek-ˈstərn-ᵊl \

medical Definition of external

1 :capable of being perceived outwardly :bodily
  • external signs of a disease
2 a :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 a (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 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

externally

play \-ᵊl-ē\ adverb


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