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[in-tur-nl] /ɪnˈtɜr nl/
situated or existing in the interior of something; interior.
of, relating to, or noting the inside or inner part.
Pharmacology. oral (def 4).
existing, occurring, or found within the limits or scope of something; intrinsic:
a theory having internal logic.
of or relating to the domestic affairs of a country:
the internal politics of a nation.
existing solely within the individual mind:
internal malaise.
coming from, produced, or motivated by the psyche or inner recesses of the mind; subjective:
an internal response.
Anatomy, Zoology. inner; not superficial; away from the surface or next to the axis of the body or of a part:
the internal carotid artery.
present or occurring within an organism or one of its parts:
an internal organ.
Usually, internals. entrails; innards.
an inner or intrinsic attribute.
Origin of internal
1500-10; < Medieval Latin internālis, equivalent to Latin intern(us) intern3 + ālis -al1
Related forms
internality, internalness, noun
internally, adverb
quasi-internal, adjective
quasi-internally, adverb
semi-internal, adjective
semi-internally, adverb
subinternal, adjective
subinternally, adverb
Can be confused Unabridged
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  • A survey of the internal history; ingenious, but as superficial as the Observations sur les Grecs by the same author.

    A Manual of Ancient History A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren
  • She believed the death of Jonas was a judgment on them for their internal dissensions.

  • But it had been added to at various periods, without any regard to outward appearance or internal regularity.

  • Apparently the fall he had sustained had done him some internal injury.

    In the Orbit of Saturn Roman Frederick Starzl
  • And finally, set back a hundred feet from the boulevard, the sullen, squat Ministry of internal Affairs.

    Expediter Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for internal


of, situated on, or suitable for the inside; inner
coming or acting from within; interior
involving the spiritual or mental life; subjective
of or involving a nation's domestic as opposed to foreign affairs
(education) denoting assessment by examiners who are employed at the candidate's place of study
situated within, affecting, or relating to the inside of the body
a medical examination of the vagina, uterus, or rectum
Derived Forms
internality, internalness, noun
internally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin internālis, from Late Latin internus inward
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Word Origin and History for internal

early 15c., from Medieval Latin internalis, from Latin internus "within, inward, internal," figuratively "domestic," expanded from pre-Latin *interos, *interus "on the inside, inward," from PIE *en-ter- (cf. Old Church Slavonic anter, Sanskrit antar "within, between," Old High German unter "between," and the "down" sense of Old English under); suffixed (comparative) form of *en "in" (see in). Meaning "of or pertaining to the domestic affairs of a country (e.g. internal revenue) is from 1795. Internal combustion first recorded 1884. Related: Internally.

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internal in Medicine

internal in·ter·nal (ĭn-tûr'nəl)

  1. Located, acting, or effective within the body.

  2. Of, relating to, or located within the limits or surface; inner.

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Slang definitions & phrases for internal

body packer

noun phrase

: These ''internals'' or ''body packers'' swallow heroin encased in condoms or other packaging, disgorging their contraband to drug dealers, if they are not killed by leaking packages first (1990s+ Narcotics)


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body packer

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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