in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl, -(ˌ)trä-\

Definition of intramural 

1a : being or occurring within the limits usually of a community, organization, or institution intramural squabbles

b : competed only within the student body intramural sports

2 : situated or occurring within the substance of the walls of an organ

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intramurally \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈmyu̇r-​ə-​lē , -​(ˌ)trä-​ \ adverb

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With its Latin prefix intra-, "within" (not to be confused with inter-, "between"), intramural means literally "within the walls". The word is usually used for sports played between teams made up only from students at one campus. Intramural athletics is often the most popular extracurricular activity at a college or university.

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Create an intramural program on campus that’s truly using crown-jewel, rare technologies that are hard for universities to replicate. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, "Head of Biden Cancer Initiative draws on own diagnosis to speed research," 14 May 2018 The exchange prompted some intramural squabbling among news outlets — another sign of Mr. Trump’s skill in not only insulting the news media, but in dividing it as well. New York Times, "‘Fake News’ Goes Global as Trump, in Britain, Rips the Press," 13 July 2018 Numerous students and university employees worked out and played intramural sports leagues at Larkins Hall., "Former wrestlers detail 'creepy people' and lewd atmosphere at Ohio State," 12 July 2018 Numerous students and university employees worked out and played intramural sports leagues at Larkins Hall. CBS News, ""A gauntlet of sexual deviancy": Ex-athletes describe lewd atmosphere at Ohio State," 12 July 2018 As athletics director, Schreiber will lead interscholastic and intramural athletics for 56 teams in 17 sports in grades 9-12. Buddy Collings,, "Schreiber returns to Lake Highland Prep as new A.D.," 3 July 2018 Tapping into the local branch of a community built around one of your interests can help, too: a running club, an intramural sports league, a church, a crafting group. New York Times, "Making a New City Your Home," 29 June 2018 Joyce was an active member of the Brotherhood program on campus and played intramural sports. Julia Preszler,, "Top bank, a reusable shopping bag, and a scholarship in memory of a Salem State student," 8 June 2018 College life included Chi Phi Fraternity activities, intramural sports, a part time job and studies. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/23," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of intramural

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of intramural

: existing or occurring within a particular group or organization (such as a school)


in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl \

Kids Definition of intramural

: being or occurring within the limits of a school intramural sports


in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \-ˈmyu̇r-əl \

Medical Definition of intramural 

: situated or occurring within the substance of the walls of an organ intramural infarction failure of or delay in intramural myocardial conductionAmerican Journal of Cardiology

Other Words from intramural

intramurally \ -​ə-​lē \ adverb

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