- 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.
Origin of goiter
Examples from the Web for goitre
A case of belief in consumption with goitre was lately cured in the West.The Faith Doctor
Penrod looked in the window and was rewarded by a fine view of Queenie's goitre.Penrod
It was on a young Moolah or Priest: he had a goitre—or enlarged thyroid.At the Court of the Amr
John Alfred Gray
It is applicable in all the forms of Scrofula, and in Goitre.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
To be worn constantly in goitre or bronchocele, renewing it every month.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- 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
Word Origin and History for goitre
alternative spelling of 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).
- A noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid gland, visible as a swelling at the front of the neck, that is often associated with iodine deficiency.
- 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.