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intramural

[in-truh-myoo r-uh l] /ˌɪn trəˈmyʊər əl/
adjective
1.
involving only students at the same school or college:
intramural athletics.
2.
within the walls, boundaries, or enclosing units, as of a city, institution, or building.
Compare extramural.
3.
Anatomy. being within the substance of a wall, as of an organ.
4.
involving or understood only by members of a single group, profession, etc.:
an intramural medical conference.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; intra- + mural
Related forms
intramurally, adverb
Can be confused
intermural, intramural.
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  • Many prisons also have some form of intramural sports.
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British Dictionary definitions for intramural

intramural

/ˌɪntrəˈmjʊərəl/
adjective
1.
(education, mainly US & Canadian) operating within or involving those in a single establishment
2.
(anatomy) within the walls of a cavity or hollow organ
Derived Forms
intramurally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intramural
adj.

1846, literally "within the walls," from intra- "within" + Latin muralis "pertaining to a wall," from murus "wall" (see mural). Activity "within the walls" of a city, building, community, school, etc. Equivalent to Late Latin intramuranus.

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