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external

[ ik-stur-nl ]
/ ɪkˈstɜr nl /
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adjective

noun

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Origin of external

Late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at extern, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM external

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH external

extraneous, external , extrinsic
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British Dictionary definitions for external

external
/ (ɪkˈstɜːnəl) /

adjective

noun

(often plural) an external circumstance or aspect, esp one that is superficial or inessential
Australian and NZ a student taking an extramural subject

Derived forms of external

externally, adverb

Word Origin for external

C15: from Latin externus outward, from exterus on the outside, from ex out of
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Medical definitions for external

external
[ ĭk-stûrnəl ]

adj.

Relating to, connected with, or existing on the outside; exterior.
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