internal

adjective
in·​ter·​nal | \ in-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce internal (audio) , ˈin-ˌtər-\

Definition of internal

1 : existing or situated within the limits or surface of something: such as
a(1) : situated near the inside of the body
(2) : situated on the side toward the median plane of the body
b : 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
3 : intrinsic, inherent internal evidence of forgery in a document
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

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Other Words from internal

internality \ ˌin-​ˌtər-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce internality (audio) \ noun
internally \ in-​ˈtər-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce internally (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for internal

Synonyms

inner, inside, interior, inward

Antonyms

exterior, external, outer, outside, outward

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Examples of internal in a Sentence

the internal structure of the planet a patient who is experiencing internal bleeding

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Agender can also refer to someone who does not care about gender, does not want to label their internal and external identity or identifies as a person, rather than a gender above all things. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "What Does 'Agender' Mean?," 3 May 2019 Unfortunately, the drive reassignment bug could also end up affecting internal hard drives, Microsoft’s post adds, which could presumably have catastrophic consequences. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 May 2019 Update bug prevents the upgrade unless SD and USB devices are removed," 24 Apr. 2019 Telefonica Brasil cooperated with the investigation by sharing information from an internal investigation, the SEC said. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Telefonica Brasil Pays $4.1 Million Fine in World Cup Ticket Case," 10 May 2019 The family has responded by saying that the lawsuit is riddled with inaccurate and misleading statements and that Healey cherry picked from hundreds of internal documents to wrongly vilify the family for the public health crisis. Steve Leblanc, The Seattle Times, "Parents press Harvard to remove Sackler name from art museum," 12 Apr. 2019 So even if the IEA is right, internal-combustion engines will power the remaining 1.5 billion vehicles. WSJ, "Let’s Stop Demonizing Combustion Engines," 16 Jan. 2019 Hutcherson went on to explain how tightened pelvic floor muscles can also cause intense pain during orgasm as your pelvic floor supports all your internal organs. Corinne Werder, Allure, "Want to Have Better Sex? Stop Worrying About Orgasms," 11 Oct. 2018 The connection between internal organs and your skin has also been raised in traditional Chinese medicine; the face-mapping technique outlines what could be wrong with your body based on where breakouts are located on the face. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "I Gave Up Dairy—And My Adult Acne Vanished in Under a Month," 28 July 2018 The symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and at times internal and external bleeding. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Why 2nd-worst Ebola outbreak is growing concern," 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of internal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for internal

Middle English internalle, from Latin internus; akin to Latin inter between

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internal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of internal

: existing or located on the inside of something
: coming from inside
: existing or occurring within your body

internal

adjective
in·​ter·​nal | \ in-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce internal (audio) \

Kids Definition of internal

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

Other Words from internal

internally adverb

internal

adjective
in·​ter·​nal | \ in-ˈtərn-ᵊl How to pronounce internal (audio) \

Medical Definition of internal

1 : existing or situated within the limits or surface of something: as
a : situated near the inside of the body an internal layer of abdominal muscle
b : 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

Other Words from internal

internally \ in-​ˈtərn-​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce internally (audio) \ adverb

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