intima

noun
in·​ti·​ma | \ ˈin-tə-mə How to pronounce intima (audio) \
plural intimae\ ˈin-​tə-​ˌmē How to pronounce intima (audio) , -​ˌmī \ or intimas

Definition of intima

: the innermost coat of an organ (such as a blood vessel) consisting usually of an endothelial layer backed by connective tissue and elastic tissue

Other Words from intima

intimal \ ˈin-​tə-​məl How to pronounce intima (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of intima

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intima

New Latin, from Latin, feminine of intimus

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“Intima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intima. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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intima

noun
in·​ti·​ma | \ ˈint-ə-mə How to pronounce intima (audio) \
plural intimae\ -​ˌmē How to pronounce intima (audio) , -​ˌmī How to pronounce intima (audio) \ or intimas

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

Other Words from intima

intimal \ -​məl How to pronounce intima (audio) \ adjective

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