from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Within a muscle: an intramuscular injection.

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  • adj. Inside a muscle or the muscles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Located or occurring within a muscle.

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  • adj. within a muscle


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From Late Latin intramuscularis, from prefix intra-, within, + musculum, muscle, diminutive of muscus, mouse, + adjective suffix -alis


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  • If you get both of the intramuscular or the injectable, you don't have to wait any specific period of time, you can get them both at the same time or both relatively quickly.

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  • And over that time, it ` s going to be a gradual increase, more and more and more until the point where these drugs aren ` t working -- I need something stronger, I need something intramuscular, something intravenous.

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