|Origin:||externus, from exter 'on the outside', from ex 'out'|
relating to the outside of something or of a person's body [≠ internal]:
the external appearance of the building
For external use only (=written on medicines which must be put on your skin and not swallowed)
relating to your environment or situation, rather than to your own qualities, ideas etc:
Low birth weight may be caused by external factors, such as smoking during pregnancy.
influences from the external environment
coming from or happening outside a particular place or organization [≠ internal]:
information from external sources
relating to foreign countries [≠ internal]:
China will not tolerate any external interference in its affairs.
the Minister of External Affairs
coming from outside a particular school, university, or organization, and therefore independent [≠ internal]
independentSE British English
external auditors (=someone from outside who looks at an organization's finances)
The job should be advertised internally and externally.