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goiter

noun goi·ter

Medical Definition of goiter

  1. :  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

  2. goi·trous \ˈgȯi-trəs\play also goi·ter·ous \ˈgȯit-ə-rəs\play adjective



Illustration of goiter

Variants of goiter

or chiefly British goi·tre \ˈgȯit-ər\play


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