(Latin: within, inside, on the inside)
Borrowed from late Latin intra-; closely related to inter-, "between". The use of intra- is largely a product of modern times, occurring in words of common and technical vocabulary, where once it was generally a term used in science and the academic world.
While some words are borrowings from Medieval and even Late Latin, few if any come from Classical Latin.
2. The nature or feature of something that is hard to manage or deal with: The intractability of the leak of the faucet in the bathroom couldn't be fixed easily, so Tom had to call the plumber!
3. The inability of something which is not easily cured or relieved: The intractability of John's pain in his back was something that he had to put up with in addition to taking some medication which didn't help him much at all.
2. Pertaining to something that is not easy to mold or to manipulate: The intractable materials were too much trouble for the construction men to work with.
3. Descriptive of that which cannot be alleviated or cured quickly: The intractable pain in Hank's back was not going to be made less severe right away.
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2. Within the substance of the skin, particularly the dermis.