[ in-tuh-muh ]
/ ˈɪn tə mə /

noun, plural in·ti·mae [in-tuh-mee] /ˈɪn təˌmi/. Anatomy.

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


in·ti·mal, adjectivesub·in·ti·mal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for intimal

/ (ˈɪntɪmə) /

noun plural -mae (-ˌmiː)

anatomy zoology the innermost layer of an organ or part, esp of a blood vessel

Derived forms of intima

intimal, adjective

Word Origin for intima

C19: from Latin, feminine of intimus innermost; see intimate 1
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Medical definitions for intimal

[ ĭntə-mə ]

n. pl. in•ti•mas

The innermost coat of an organ.

Other words from intima

inti•mal adj.
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