noun (plural intimae /-ˌmē/)Anatomy & Zoology
The innermost coating or membrane of a part or organ, especially of a vein or artery.
- Prevention and treatment of endothelium-related arterial thrombosis Endothelial cells, connective tissue, and elastic tissue form the tunica intima of the arterial wall.
- By 20 years of age, all humans, regardless of race or gender, develop focal thickening of the intima of medium-sized arteries.
- Atheroma is a discrete plaque containing lipid deposits that arises in the intima of an artery and has a predilection for areas of tortuosity and turbulence of blood flow.
- Example sentences
- Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension usually have the following conditions: in situ thrombosis caused by endothelial dysfunction, smooth muscle hypertrophy and intimal and adventitial proliferation.
- The structural changes typically involve muscularization and thickening of precapillary pulmonary arteries, intimal proliferation, obliterative lesions, and thrombosis in situ.
- The study to evaluate carotid ultrasound with ramipril and vitamin E showed a dose dependent (but blood pressure independent) reduction in carotid artery intimal medial thickness.
Late 19th century: shortening of modern Latin tunica intima 'innermost sheath'.
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