[ik-stur-nl] /ɪkˈstɜr nl/
of or relating to the outside or outer part; outer:
an external surface.
Medicine/Medical. to be applied to the outside of a body, as a remedy:
for external use only.
situated or being outside something; acting or coming from without:
pertaining to the outward or visible appearance or show:
external acts of worship.
pertaining to or concerned with foreign countries:
external affairs; external commerce.
Zoology, Anatomy. on the side farthest from the body, the median line, or the center of a radially symmetrical form.
Metaphysics. of or relating to the world of things, considered as independent of the perceiving mind:
the outside; outer surface; .
something that is external.
externals, external features, circumstances, etc.; outward appearance; superficialities.
of, situated on, or suitable for the outside; outer
coming or acting from without: external evidence from an independent source
of or involving foreign nations; foreign
of, relating to, or designating a medicine that is applied to the outside of the body
(anatomy) situated on or near the outside of the body: the external ear
(education) denoting assessment by examiners who are not employed at the candidate’s place of study
(Austral & NZ) (of a student) studying a university subject extramurally
(philosophy) (of objects, etc) taken to exist independently of a perceiving mind
(often pl) an external circumstance or aspect, esp one that is superficial or inessential
(Austral & NZ) a student taking an extramural subject
early 15c. (implied in externalle), from Middle French externe or directly from Latin externus “outside, outward” (from exterus; see exterior) + -al (1). This version won out over exterial. Related: Externally.
external ex·ter·nal (ĭk-stûr’nəl)
Relating to, connected with, or existing on the outside; exterior.
- External acoustic pore
external acoustic pore n. The orifice of the ear canal in the tympanic portion of the temporal bone. Also called external acoustic foramen, external auditory foramen.
- External affairs
plural noun 1. (Canadian) (formerly) the Canadian federal Foreign Affairs department
- External auditory canal
external auditory canal n. See ear canal.
- External auditory foramen
external auditory foramen n. See external acoustic pore.