goiter

[ goi-ter ]
/ ˈgɔɪ tər /

noun Pathology.

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.

Origin of goiter

1615–25; < French goitreLatin guttur throat
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Medicine definitions for goiter

goiter

[ goitər ]

n.

A noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid gland, visible as a swelling at the front of the neck, that is often associated with iodine deficiency.

Related forms

goitrous (-trəs) adj.
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Science definitions for goiter

goiter

[ goitər ]

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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