ferritin

noun

fer·​ri·​tin ˈfer-ə-tən How to pronounce ferritin (audio)
: 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 Nutritional hair loss occurs due to insufficient levels of vitamin D3, zinc, ferritin, folate, B12, and iron in the bloodstream. Iman Balagam, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2024 On the other hand, excessively high ferritin levels can suggest iron overload or inflammation. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2023 This form also might increase ferritin (the body’s storage form of iron) better. Casey Seiden, Parents, 26 Feb. 2024 These tests measure various parameters related to iron status such as hemoglobin levels and serum ferritin concentration. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2023 While any vitamin or mineral deficiency can worsen hair loss, some, like iron and ferritin, are more crucial than others. Georgia Day, Vogue, 11 Sep. 2023 Studies have shown a connection between RLS and low ferritin levels (a protein that stores iron). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2023 In post-bariatric surgery patients, monitoring ferritin levels becomes essential due to potential alterations in iron metabolism caused by significant weight loss. Low serum ferritin levels can indicate depleted iron stores, which may lead to iron deficiency anemia if left untreated. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2023 Although checking ferritin levels is useful in making the diagnosis, iron, total iron-binding capacity and hemoglobin tests also should be ordered. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ferritin was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Ferritin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferritin. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

ferritin

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