noun goi·ter \ˈgi-tər\

medical : a swelling on the front of the neck caused by the thyroid gland becoming too large

Full Definition of GOITER

:  an enlargement of the thyroid gland visible as a swelling of the front of the neck — compare hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism
goi·trous \ˈgi-trəs, ˈgi-tə-rəs\ adjective

Origin of GOITER

French goitre, from Middle French, back-formation from goitron throat, from Vulgar Latin *guttrion-, guttrio, from Latin guttur
First Known Use: 1625

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Rhymes with GOITER


noun goi·ter   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GOITER

:  an enlargement of the thyroid gland that is commonly visible as a swelling of the anterior part of the neck, that often results from insufficient intake of iodine and then is usually accompanied by hypothyroidism, and that in other cases is associated with hyperthyroidism usually together with toxic symptoms and exophthalmos—called also struma
goi·trous \ˈgi-trəs\ also goi·ter·ous \ˈgit-ə-rəs\ adjective

Variants of GOITER

goi·ter or chiefly British goi·tre \ˈgit-ər\

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