internal

adjective in·ter·nal \ in-ˈtər-nᵊl , 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

internality

play \ˌin-ˌtər-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun

internally

play \in-ˈtər-nᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of internal in a Sentence

  1. the internal structure of the planet

  2. a patient who is experiencing internal bleeding

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Origin and Etymology of internal

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

internal Synonyms



INTERNAL Defined for English Language Learners

internal

adjective

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

internal

adjective in·ter·nal \ in-ˈtər-nᵊl \

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

internally

adverb

Medical Dictionary

internal

adjective in·ter·nal \ in-ˈtərn-ᵊl \

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

internally

play \in-ˈtərn-ᵊl-ē\ adverb


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