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[in-tuh-muh] /ˈɪn tə mə/
noun, plural intimae
[in-tuh-mee] /ˈɪn təˌmi/ (Show IPA).
the innermost membrane or lining of some organ or part, especially that of an artery, vein, or lymphatic.
Origin of intima
1870-75; < New Latin, noun use of feminine of Latin intimus, intumus inmost, equivalent to in- in-2 + -timus superlative suffix; cf. optimal, ultimate
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intimal, adjective
subintimal, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -mae (-ˌmiː)
(anatomy, zoology) the innermost layer of an organ or part, esp of a blood vessel
Derived Forms
intimal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, feminine of intimus innermost; see intimate1
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intimal in Medicine

intima in·ti·ma (ĭn'tə-mə)
n. pl. in·ti·mas or in·ti·mae (-mē')
The innermost coat of an organ.

in'ti·mal adj.
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