nounpl. -·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.