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

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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 The internal compression-expansion system is pretty cool too. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "The best carry-on suitcases of 2020," 9 Oct. 2020 Its staff pored over more than a million internal documents from the companies. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple refute House Judiciary report suggesting Big Tech restraints," 7 Oct. 2020 Its staff pored over more than a million internal documents from the companies. Marcy Gordon, The Christian Science Monitor, "Lawmakers call for breakup of Big Tech, citing abuse of power," 7 Oct. 2020 The hospital relied on an internal alert system, called MIR3, which sends alerts by phone and email to hospital employees. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The St. Helena hospital that evacuated twice in five weeks due to California wildfires," 29 Sep. 2020 In the case of Emotet, the attackers are also known for resending phishing emails to victims from the internal email system. Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg.com, "Hackers Have Infiltrated Many of Washington State’s Agencies," 27 Sep. 2020 Ensuring the number on the absentee ballot returned to the clerk matches the number for that person's ballot in the clerk's internal system. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan lawmakers give time on absentee ballots, require video monitoring of drop boxes," 24 Sep. 2020 The hinge has an internal brush system called the Sweeper that’s designed to keep dust and debris out of the hinge mechanism. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is better in every way," 17 Sep. 2020 Metro’s internal audit system found nine instances in the last two weeks of May where managers had taken over the controls. Justin George, Washington Post, "Metro’s rail control center a ‘toxic workplace’ where procedures put riders at risk, safety report says," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2020

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“Internal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/internal. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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internal

adjective
How to pronounce internal (audio)

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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