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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The diocese agreed with Romley to appoint a curator to oversee internal church investigations and to provide nearly $700,000 for treatment for victims. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "2 Catholic orders name 65 priests accused or convicted of abuse; 27 served in Arizona," 15 June 2019 His father Darnell, a veteran Harvey police officer, was suspended after the incident while the department conducted an internal investigation. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Son of Harvey cop shot security guards, patron before being killed, sheriff's investigation finds," 14 June 2019 The company fought against the agency’s attempt to seize documents from an internal investigation by outside lawyers, winning a landmark legal ruling. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "SFO Charges Daughter of Former ENRC Director for Failing to Comply With Probe," 14 June 2019 Agencies across the country with officers included in the Plain View database reacted swiftly with internal investigations and some have already taken action before the reviews are complete. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Can law enforcement officers share offensive views on Facebook? Agencies must decide," 14 June 2019 In 2003 the New York Police Department said that an internal investigation into how the department handled the case had found no evidence of misconduct. Time, "Fallout From "When They See Us" Hits Law Enforcement Hardest," 13 June 2019 Turner responded by calling for an internal investigation into the matter. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "Houston city council OKs $5.9M for new garbage trucks, solid waste vehicles," 12 June 2019 Walcher now works for the Denver Department of Public Safety’s Public Integrity Division, tasked with overseeing internal investigations in the Denver Sheriff Department. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Centennial was thinking about creating its own police department. The cost would be substantial.," 7 June 2019 Cleveland police will conduct an internal investigation that will determine if Graziolli used excessive force. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Grand jury declines to indict Cleveland cop in deadly shooting at University Circle bowling alley," 6 June 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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