[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for goitre


US goiter

/ (ˈɡɔɪtə) /


pathol a swelling of the thyroid gland, in some cases nearly doubling the size of the neck, usually caused by under- or overproduction of hormone by the gland

Derived forms of goitre

goitred or US goitered, adjectivegoitrous, adjective

Word Origin for goitre

C17: from French goitre, from Old French goitron, ultimately from Latin guttur throat
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Medicine definitions for goitre

[ goitər ]


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

Other words from goiter

goitrous (-trəs) adj.
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Science definitions for goitre

[ 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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