Meaning of INTERNAL in English

I. (ˈ)in.|tərn ə l, ən.ˈt-, -tə̄n-, -təin- adjective

Etymology: Latin intern us internal (from inter between) + English -al — more at inter-


a. : existing or situated within the limits or surface of something : inward , interior

internal structure

internal parts of the body

internal regions of the earth

internal mechanism of a toy

internal funds of a business

— opposed to external

b. : situated near the inside of the body

internal layer of abdominal muscle

: situated on the side toward the median plane of the body

the internal surface of the lung

2. : capable of being applied through the stomach by being swallowed

internal remedy

internal stimulant

3. : relating to the inner being or consciousness : belonging to or existing within the mind : subjective

internal monologue

: private

internal opinion

internal resentment

internal sensations

4. : originating in or dependent on the thing itself : belonging to the mutual relations of the parts of a thing : intrinsic , inherent

internal evidence of forgery in a document

test a theory for internal consistency


a. : present or performed within an organism

internal senses

internal speech

b. : arising within a sense organ

internal stimulus

6. : of or relating to the domestic affairs or administrative functions of a country or state

internal commerce

internal discord

internal improvement

internal debt

Synonyms: see inner

II. noun

( -s )

1. internals plural : the internal organs of the body : innards


a. : an inner or essential quality or property

b. obsolete : spiritual nature : soul

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