[ in-truh-myoo r-uh l ]
/ ˌɪn trəˈmyʊər əl /


involving only students at the same school or college: intramural athletics.
within the walls, boundaries, or enclosing units, as of a city, institution, or building.Compare extramural.
Anatomy. being within the substance of a wall, as of an organ.
involving or understood only by members of a single group, profession, etc.: an intramural medical conference.

Nearby words

  1. intralobular duct,
  2. intramarginal,
  3. intramedullary,
  4. intramolecular,
  5. intramundane,
  6. intramural hematoma,
  7. intramural pregnancy,
  8. intramuscular,
  9. intranasal,
  10. intranasal anesthesia

Origin of intramural

First recorded in 1840–50; intra- + mural

Related formsin·tra·mu·ral·ly, adverb

Can be confusedintermural intramural Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intramural


/ (ˌɪntrəˈmjʊərəl) /


education, mainly US and Canadian operating within or involving those in a single establishment
anatomy within the walls of a cavity or hollow organ
Derived Formsintramurally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for intramural



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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