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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.
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
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Examples from the web for internally
  • In the past four decades, the two political parties have become more internally homogeneous and ideologically distant.
  • The press's publicist says the press is discussing the switch internally as well.
  • Oil harms birds in two ways: internally and externally.
  • Those less fortunate-more than a million of them-have ended up in camps for internally displaced persons.
  • internally, we're under the cloud of a financial recession, which is different from all other recessions.
  • It's worth mentioning that the study only looked at self-reports of how the participants felt internally.
  • Now, there is a sense of isolation, in that it feels much more walkable internally than externally.
  • In this case, that cost comes in the form of the investment needed to generate growth-whether internally or through acquisitions.
  • internally the nearly ten difficult years have blurred early hopeful visions.
  • Undoubtedly the aggregate of bodily feelings is to be included among the commanding dream stimuli which originate internally.
British Dictionary definitions for internally


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 internally



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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internally 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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