[ trans-fer-in ]
/ trænsˈfɛr ɪn /

noun Biochemistry.

a plasma glycoprotein that transports dietary iron to the liver, spleen, and bone marrow.

Origin of transferrin

1947; trans- + Latin ferr(um) iron + -in2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for transferrin

  • If ever I go blind, my experience durin those days will help considable in transferrin my eyesight to my fingers.

    Friar Tuck|Robert Alexander Wason

British Dictionary definitions for transferrin

/ (trænsˈfɜːrɪn) /


biochem any of a group of blood glycoproteins that transport ironAlso called: beta globulin, siderophilin

Word Origin for transferrin

C20: from trans- + ferro- + -in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for transferrin

[ trăns-fĕrĭn ]


A beta globulin in blood serum that combines with and transports iron.siderophilin
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