- the innermost membrane or lining of some organ or part, especially that of an artery, vein, or lymphatic.
Origin of intima
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Intima: the lining membrane of the trachea: see endotrachea.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
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The nutrition of the intima and inner portion of the media is obtained from the blood circulating through the vessel.
During the third and fourth decades there is also distinct connective tissue thickening in the intima.
Again, there is seen degeneration of the muscle and replacement by connective tissue with or without hypertrophy of the intima.
The intima hypertrophies, layer upon layer being added in an attempt to restore the strength of the vessel.
- anatomy zoology the innermost layer of an organ or part, esp of a blood vessel
C19: from Latin, feminine of intimus innermost; see intimate 1
- The innermost coat of an organ.
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