Usually internals. entrails; innards.
an inner or intrinsic attribute.

Origin of internal

1500–10; < Medieval Latin internālis, equivalent to Latin intern(us) intern3 + ālis -al1
Related formsin·ter·nal·i·ty, in·ter·nal·ness, nounin·ter·nal·ly, adverbqua·si-in·ter·nal, adjectivequa·si-in·ter·nal·ly, adverbsem·i-in·ter·nal, adjectivesem·i-in·ter·nal·ly, adverbsub·in·ter·nal, adjectivesub·in·ter·nal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedextraneous external extrinsic internal intrinsic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsinternality or internalness, nouninternally, adverb

Word Origin for internal

C16: from Medieval Latin internālis, from Late Latin internus inward
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Word Origin and History for internal

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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internal in Medicine




Located, acting, or effective within the body.
Of, relating to, or located within the limits or surface; inner.
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