Definition of internal
1 : existing or situated within the limits or surface of something: such asa (1) : situated near the inside of the body (2) : situated on the side toward the median plane of the bodyb : of, relating to, or occurring on the inside of an organized structure (such as a club, company, or state) internal affairs
2 : relating or belonging to or existing within the mind
4 : present or arising within an organism or one of its parts internal stimulus
5 : applied or intended for application through the stomach by being swallowed an internal remedy
internalityplay \ˌin-ˌtər-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
internallyplay \in-ˈtər-nəl-ē\ adverb
Examples of internal in a Sentence
the internal structure of the planet
a patient who is experiencing internal bleeding
Recent Examples of internal from the Web
The nationalist Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party, known as VMRO-DPMNE, won the most seats in elections in December, but not enough to form a government.
The nation with Africa’s biggest crude reserves pumped as much as 1.6 million barrels a day before an uprising in 2011, and it was exempted from OPEC’s cuts due to internal strife.
Uber said in a statement Tuesday that Levandowski missed a company deadline to help with an internal investigation in the case.
A review committee comprised of city officials that took the place of a normal internal affairs investigation found that neither officer violated any police policies.
Cybersecurity analysts quickly detected Russian fingerprints behind the hacking of the Macron campaign’s emails and internal communications earlier this month.
TigerSwan’s internal reports and the intelligence briefings shared with law enforcement name dozens of DAPL opponents.
The district is reviewing internal staff calendars to make sure Muslim holidays are recognized.
This sort of incremental, internal updating is a common endgame for a good gadget that has found its form-factor footing, and the Surface Pro took a rough road to get here.
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Origin and Etymology of internal
Middle English internalle, from Latin internus; akin to Latin inter between
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INTERNAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of internal for English Language Learners
: existing or located on the inside of something
: coming from inside
: existing or occurring within your body
INTERNAL Defined for Kids
Definition of internal for Students
1 : being within something : inner The core is part of the earth's internal structure.
2 : occurring or located within the body The heart is an internal organ.
3 : existing or occurring within a country internal affairs
Medical Definition of internal
1: existing or situated within the limits or surface of something: asa: situated near the inside of the body an internal layer of abdominal muscleb: situated on the side toward the midsagittal plane of the body the internal surface of the lung
2: present or arising within an organism or one of its parts an internal stimulus
3: applied or intended for application through the stomach by being swallowed an internal remedy
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