internal
adjective Etymology: Middle English internalle, from Latin internus; akin to Latin inter between Date: 15th century 1. existing or situated within the limits or surface of something: as a. (1) situated near the inside of the body (2) situated on the side toward the median plane of the body b. of, relating to, or occurring on the inside of an organized structure (as a club, company, or state) <
internal affairs
>
2. relating or belonging to or existing within the mind 3. intrinsic, inherent <
internal evidence of forgery in a document
>
4. present or arising within an organism or one of its parts <
internal stimulus
>
5. applied or intended for application through the stomach by being swallowed <
an internal remedy
>
internality nouninternally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • internal — interior, intestine, *inner, inward, inside Analogous words: intrinsic, constitutional, *inherent, essential Antonyms: external Contrasted words: exterior, *outer, outward, outside: extraneous, *extrinsic, foreign, alien …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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