intima

[ in-tuh-muh ]
/ ˈɪn tə mə /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. inthral,
  2. inthrone,
  3. inti,
  4. intice,
  5. intifada,
  6. intimacy,
  7. intimate,
  8. intimate borrowing,
  9. intimately,
  10. intimation

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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British Dictionary definitions for intimal

intima

/ (ˈɪntɪmə) /

noun plural -mae (-ˌmiː)

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

Word Origin for intima

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

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Medicine definitions for intimal

intima

[ ĭntə-mə ]

n. pl. in•ti•mas

The innermost coat of an organ.
Related formsinti•mal adj.


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