from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy The innermost membrane of an organ or part, especially the inner lining of a lymphatic vessel, an artery, or a vein.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The innermost part of an anatomical structure, particularly a tubular one: the intima of a blood vessel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the innermost coat of an organ, such as a blood vessel. It usually consists of an endothelial layer of cells, backed by connective tissue and elastic tissue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology and anatomy, an intimate (that is, an innermost or lining) membrane, coating. or other structure of some part or organ; specifically, the innermost coat of an artery or vein, consisting of the endothelial lining backed by connective and elastic tissue. The full term is tunica intima.
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- n. the innermost membrane of an organ (especially the inner lining of an artery or vein or lymphatic vessel)
Latin, from feminine of intimus, innermost.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)