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

Other Words from internal

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

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Examples of internal in a Sentence

the internal structure of the planet a patient who is experiencing internal bleeding
Recent Examples on the Web As a first step, health plans and other payers can do what BCBSMA has done — calculate their own quality measures, produce internal health equity reports based on those measures, and publish those reports. Andrew Dreyfus, STAT, 20 Nov. 2021 The incident wasn’t even reviewed by internal affairs, the panel said. NBC News, 20 Nov. 2021 Plenty of work still lies ahead, including fundraising, internal polls, and gearing up for a big promotional campaign, Lewis said. Ray Stern, The Arizona Republic, 19 Nov. 2021 Golds-Williams promoted Bonewell to COO in June despite eight internal complaints previously made against him. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Nov. 2021 All that and the party's nasty internal bickering have left voters with little idea of how the legislation might help them, polls have shown. Alan Fram, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 Biden this week signed a $1 trillion package of highway and other infrastructure projects, another priority that overcame months of internal Democratic battling. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Nov. 2021 The company explained that internal testing showed low levels of benzene contamination in specific lots, prompting the recall. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 Nov. 2021 Nearly two-thirds of new CEOs were internal candidates, up from just a little over half during the same period in 2020. Reuters, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021

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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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The first known use of internal was in the 15th century

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“Internal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/internal. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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 internal (audio) \ adverb

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