An example of internal is an internal medicine doctor specializing in Cardiology.
- of or having to do with the inside; inner
- to be taken inside the body: internal remedies
- having to do with the inner nature of a thing; intrinsic: internal evidence
- having to do with the inner being; subjective
- having to do with the domestic affairs of a country: internal revenue
- Anat. situated toward the inside of the body or closer to its center
- existing or occurring inside the body or a body part
Origin of internalMedieval Latin internalis ; from Classical Latin internus, inward, internal, akin to inter: see inter-
- innards; entrails
- an intrinsic quality or attribute
- Of, relating to, or located within the limits or surface; inner.
- Residing in or dependent on essential nature; intrinsic: the internal contradictions of the theory.
- Located, acting, or effective within the body.
- Of or relating to mental or spiritual nature: “An internal sense of righteousness dwindles into an external concern for reputation” (A.R. Gurney, Jr.)
- Of or relating to the domestic affairs of a nation, group, or business.
Origin of internalMiddle English internall, from Old French internel, from Medieval Latin internālis, from Latin internus, from inter, within; see en in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more internal, superlative most internal)
- inside of something
- We saw the internal compartments
- within the body
- Her bleeding was internal
- concerned with the domestic affairs of a nation, state or other political community.
- The nation suffered from internal conflicts
- concerned with the non-public affairs of a company or other organisation
- An internal investigation was conducted
From Medieval Latin internālis (“of or pertaining to the inner part”), from Latin internus (“internal”) + -ālis.