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intima

[in-tuh-muh]
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noun, plural in·ti·mae [in-tuh-mee] /ˈɪn təˌmi/. Anatomy.
  1. the innermost membrane or lining of some organ or part, especially that of an artery, vein, or lymphatic.
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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
Related formsin·ti·mal, adjectivesub·in·ti·mal, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Intima: the lining membrane of the trachea: see endotrachea.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • The nutrition of the intima and inner portion of the media is obtained from the blood circulating through the vessel.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • During the third and fourth decades there is also distinct connective tissue thickening in the intima.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • Again, there is seen degeneration of the muscle and replacement by connective tissue with or without hypertrophy of the intima.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • The intima hypertrophies, layer upon layer being added in an attempt to restore the strength of the vessel.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield


British Dictionary definitions for intima

intima

noun plural -mae (-ˌmiː)
  1. anatomy zoology the innermost layer of an organ or part, esp of a blood vessel
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Derived Formsintimal, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin, feminine of intimus innermost; see intimate 1
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intima in Medicine

intima

(ĭntə-mə)
n. pl. in•ti•mas
  1. The innermost coat of an organ.
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Related formsinti•mal adj.
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