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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Fresenius opened an internal investigation in 2012 after receiving communications that had alleged certain conduct outside the U.S. that might violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or other anti-bribery laws. Michael Dabaie, WSJ, "Fresenius to Pay More Than $231 Million to Resolve Foreign Corruption Probe," 29 Mar. 2019 That makes IUDs more effective than birth control methods like internal and external condoms, the birth control pill, the patch, the vaginal ring, and the shot. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 2019 Maximilian HorsleyArakan TravelHe takes travelers deep into the countryside for market tours, monastery visits, and encounters with hill tribes and with insiders who can contextualize the country’s ongoing internal conflicts. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 An obvious question is what role Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal — and the internal and external criticism the company has faced since Donald Trump’s 2016 election — had to do with Rose’s departure. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Dan Rose, one of Facebook’s most important business executives, is leaving," 22 Aug. 2018 Even in the after life, when ain't a breath of me left Future doesn’t only dance with his internal conflicts on Beast Mode or Beast Mode 2. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 Five lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday saying her deputy pressured the department’s inspector general on Jan. 3 to drop an internal investigation . Collin Binkley, The Seattle Times, "Dems say DeVos’ deputy tried to influence internal inquiry," 19 Feb. 2019 The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating the shooting, and the Hoover Police Department is conducting an internal investigation. German Lopez, Vox, "After a mall shooting, police killed the wrong person — and the real shooter remains at large," 26 Nov. 2018 Unlike a hinge joint that moves only (for the most part) forward and backward, like the knee, the shape of the ball-and-socket joint in the hip allows for flexion, extension, internal and external rotation, abduction, and adduction. SELF, "5 Lunges Everyone With Tight Hips Should Do," 22 Feb. 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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