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Down from the mountains, fur-trapping explorer Jim Bridger retired with his goiter and rheumatism in his farmhouse on the other side of the crick.
In 1997, according to Unicef, almost a fifth of its population had goiters — swollen thyroid glands in the neck that indicate serious deficiency, which can also cause dwarfism and cretinism.
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Origin and Etymology of goiter
French goitre, from Middle French, back-formation from goitron throat, from Vulgar Latin *guttrion-, guttrio, from Latin guttur
First Known Use: 1625See Words from the same year
GOITER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of goiter for English Language Learners
medical : a swelling on the front of the neck caused by the thyroid gland becoming too large
GOITER Defined for Kids
Definition of goiter for Students
: a swelling on the front of the neck caused by enlargement of the thyroid gland
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
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