- an enlargement of the thyroid gland on the front and sides of the neck, usually symptomatic of abnormal thyroid secretion, especially hypothyroidism due to a lack of iodine in the diet.
Also especially British, goi·tre.
Compare exophthalmic goiter.
Origin of goiter
1615–25; < French goitre ≪ Latin guttur throat
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Examples from the Web for goiter
It was efficacious for all forms of goiter and cannot possibly harm.
It is characterized by goiter, marked deformities and imbecility.Being Well-Born
Michael F. Guyer
Another young girl, Miss L., had had a similar operation for goiter six years before.
Although this girl's goiter had been removed, the symptoms still persisted.
Now and then the goiter moved up and down, each movement indicating the passage of a thought through his sluggish brain.From the Valley of the Missing
Grace Miller White
Word Origin and History for goiter
1620s, from French goître (16c.), from Rhône dialect, from Old Provençal goitron "throat, gullet," from Vulgar Latin *gutturiosum or *gutturionem, from Latin guttur "throat" (see guttural).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid gland, visible as a swelling at the front of the neck, that is often associated with iodine deficiency.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- An enlarged thyroid gland, visible as a swelling at the front of the neck. It is often associated with thyroid disease, especially in areas of the world outside of North America where iodine deficiency is endemic.
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