<pathology> 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.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)

Intestopan, intetrix, intextine, in the placenta < Prev | Next > intimal, intimate, intimidate

Bookmark with: icon icon icon icon iconword visualiser Go and visit our forums Community Forums