Definition of Internal

1. Adjective. Happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface. "Internal party maneuvering"

Attributes: Position, Spatial Relation
Similar to: Inner, Interior, Internecine, Intrinsic
Also: Inside
Antonyms: External

2. Adjective. Occurring within an institution or community. "Intragroup squabbling within the corporation"
Exact synonyms: Intragroup
Similar to: Intramural

3. Adjective. Inside the country. "The nation's internal politics"
Exact synonyms: Home, Interior, National
Similar to: Domestic

4. Adjective. Located inward. "An internal sense of rightousness"
Exact synonyms: Inner, Interior
Similar to: Inward

5. Adjective. Innermost or essential. "The intimate structure of matter"
Exact synonyms: Inner, Intimate
Similar to: Intrinsic, Intrinsical

Definition of Internal

1. a. Inward; interior; being within any limit or surface; inclosed; -- opposed to external; as, the internal parts of a body, or of the earth.

Definition of Internal

1. Adjective. inside of something ¹

2. Adjective. within the body ¹

3. Adjective. concerned with the domestic affairs of a nation, state or other political community. ¹

4. Adjective. concerned with the non-public affairs of a company or other organisation ¹

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Definition of Internal

1. an inner attribute [n -S]

Medical Definition of Internal

1. Situated or occurring within or on the inside, many anatomical structures formerly called internal are now correctly termed medial. Origin: L. Internus This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Internal

intermuscular gluteal bursa
intermuscular septum
internal (current term)
internal-combustion engine
internal-external control
internal acoustic foramen
internal acoustic pore
internal adhesive pericarditis
internal affairs
internal anal sphincter
internal angle
internal arcuate fibres
internal attachment
internal auditor
internal auditory artery
internal auditory canal
internal auditory foramen

Literary usage of Internal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lancet (1898)
"The question of the existence or position of the internal orifice of the fistula into the bowel has next to be considered and in the cases in which the ..."

2. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray, Thomas Pickering Pick (1897)
"The internal Iliac Vein is formed by the venae comités of the branches of the internal iliac artery, the umbilical arteries excepted. ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Thus, immediately above the internal capsule, a hemiplegia would be caused by a ... Lesions of the Motor Fibers of the internal Capsule The internal capsule ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"It is interesting at this point in the study of the internal commerce of the United States to compare it with that of other countries. ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"THE SIGNIFICANCE OF internal SECRETION. THE communication on the above subject published ... The extension of the principle of the influence of the internal ..."

6. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"It is called (in contradistinction to the foreign slave trade) " the internal slare trade." It is, probably, called so, too, in order to divert from it the ..."

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