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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Los Angeles police detectives crush a guns-to-gangs operation with a wild woman from internal affairs. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 The public integrity section includes internal affairs, which is headed by Maj. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police name an experienced FBI supervisor to head the often troubled public integrity section," 8 Aug. 2019 The second investigation, which is administrative in nature and led by an internal affairs detective, will determine if the officers violated IMPD policies or procedures. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "After fatal IMPD shooting, gun's location raises questions Chief Roach can't answer," 7 Aug. 2019 Bradshaw, who has been sheriff since 2004, also has ordered a separate criminal investigation and an internal affairs probe into the handling of Epstein’s work-release arrangement. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Jeffrey Epstein fallout: Palm Beach County sheriff’s work-release program halted during review," 2 Aug. 2019 The internal affairs report stated that Murphy has not had any discipline history in at least five years. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Phoenix officer's body-cavity search was 'inappropriate,' investigation finds," 31 July 2019 During his tenure as a lieutenant from 2012-15, Moulton oversaw training, internal affairs and served as a watch commander. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis to step down," 30 July 2019 Criminal and internal-affairs investigations into the deputy’s actions are continuing, the sheriff’s office said. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Video: Deputy shoots baffled homeowner through window," 30 July 2019 According to internal affairs records, Mansell and Vasquez were placed on administrative leave in December 2017. Dallas News, "'You're gonna kill me!': Dallas police body cam footage reveals the final minutes of Tony Timpa's life," 30 July 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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