intima


in·ti·ma

noun \ˈin-tə-mə\
plural in·ti·mae\-ˌmē, -ˌmī\ or in·ti·mas

Definition of INTIMA

:  the innermost coat of an organ (as a blood vessel) consisting usually of an endothelial layer backed by connective tissue and elastic tissue
in·ti·mal \-məl\ adjective

Origin of INTIMA

New Latin, from Latin, feminine of intimus
First Known Use: 1873

in·ti·ma

noun \ˈint-ə-mə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural in·ti·mae \-ˌmē, -ˌmī\ or in·ti·mas

Medical Definition of INTIMA

: the innermost coat of an organ (as a blood vessel) consisting usually of an endothelial layer backed by connective tissue and elastic tissue—called also tunica intima
in·ti·mal \-məl\ adjective

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