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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: intimacy
Previous Word in the Dictionary: intil
All Words Near: intima

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up intima? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More