ferritin

noun
fer·​ri·​tin | \ ˈfer-ə-tən How to pronounce ferritin (audio) \

Definition of ferritin

: a crystalline iron-containing protein that functions in the storage of iron and is found especially in the liver and spleen

Examples of ferritin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between admission on March 23 and the following day, Fiske’s ferritin skyrocketed from 1,712 to 4,316 micrograms per liter, more than 10 times the normal amount. Gabrielle Glaser, STAT, "He ran marathons and was fit. So why did Covid-19 almost kill him?," 21 Apr. 2020 Indeed, elevated serum ferritin values have recently been reported in Chinese hospitalized patients with Covid-19. oregonlive, "The coronavirus turns deadly when it leads to ‘cytokine storm’; identifying this immune response is key to patient’s survival: report," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of ferritin

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ferritin

International Scientific Vocabulary, alteration of ferratin, iron-containing protein, from Latin ferratus bound with iron (from ferrum) + International Scientific Vocabulary -in

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“Ferritin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferritin. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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ferritin

noun
fer·​ri·​tin | \ ˈfer-ət-ən How to pronounce ferritin (audio) \

Medical Definition of ferritin

: a crystalline iron-containing protein that functions in the storage of iron and is found especially in the liver and spleen — compare hemosiderin

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