pl. -·mae· or -·mas
the innermost living membrane of an organ or other part, as of an artery, vein, or lymphatic, or of an insect's trachea
Origin of intimaModern Latin ; from feminine of Classical Latin intimus: see intimate
nounpl. in·ti·mae or in·ti·mas Anatomy
The innermost membrane of an organ or part, especially the inner lining of a lymphatic vessel, an artery, or a vein.
Origin of intimaLatin, from feminine of intimus, innermost; see en in Indo-European roots.
NounSee also: íntima
(plural intimae or intimas)
- (anatomy) The innermost part of an anatomical structure, particularly a tubular one: the intima of a blood vessel.