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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of subintimal

  • Nature's method of repair was a hypertrophy of the subintimal connective tissue and the formation of a nodule at that point.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

British Dictionary definitions for subintimal


noun plural -mae (-ˌmiː)
  1. 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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subintimal in Medicine


n. pl. in•ti•mas
  1. The innermost coat of an organ.
Related formsinti•mal adj.
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