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Intima

/ˈintəmə/

Noun, pl. intimae or intimas

1. The innermost part of an anatomical structure, particularly a tubular one: the intima of a blood vessel. (wiktionary.org)

2. Inner layer of blood vessel, comprising an endothelial monolayer on the luminal face with a subcellular elastic extracellular matrix containing a few smooth muscle cells.

Below the intima is the media, then the adventitia. The term may be applied to other organs. (biology-online.org)

3. The innermost membrane of an organ (especially the inner lining of an artery or vein or lymphatic vessel). (wordnetweb.princeton.edu)

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