goi·​ter | \ ˈgȯi-tər How to pronounce goiter (audio) \

Definition of goiter

: an enlargement of the thyroid gland visible as a swelling of the front of the neck — compare hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism

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Other Words from goiter

goitrous \ ˈgȯi-​trəs How to pronounce goiter (audio) , ˈgȯi-​tə-​rəs \ adjective

Examples of goiter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After observing the high percentage of centenarians with goiters—a condition that accompanies a low-functioning thyroid—Pes speculates that thiocyanate from a steady diet of kohlrabi may blunt thyroid function. National Geographic, "These traditional diets can lead to long lives," 17 Dec. 2019 Anecdotally, switching to a gluten-free diet has helped people with enlarged thyroids, also known as goiters, though it has not been studied enough to be a proven medical treatment. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Denise Richards Had Noticed Her Enlarged Thyroid but 'Ignored It' Until Fans Expressed Concern," 7 Aug. 2019 The guilt that had built all night, without the analgesic of sleep, had swelled like a goiter. David Canfield, EW.com, "Read a creepy first excerpt from George A. Romero's posthumous The Living Dead novel," 23 Sep. 2019 Women, especially those over 40, are more likely to develop goiters. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Denise Richards Changed Her Diet After Fans Noticed Her Enlarged Thyroid: ‘I Thank All of You’," 5 Aug. 2019 The same goes for treatment, which entirely depends on what's causing the goiter in the first place. Amber Brenza, Health.com, "Denise Richards Says Fans Discovered Her Enlarged Thyroid After 'RHOBH' Reunion Show," 5 Aug. 2019 Also, just look at it: Consumers willing to spend big rarely choose tiny cars sporting giant goiters on the roof, let alone models that haven’t even been graced with a name. David Muller, Car and Driver, "GM and Cruise Reveal Driverless Car, Claim It’s Ready for Mass Production," 12 Sep. 2017 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. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "How KC’s Watts Mill became a mill — and a fiddler’s paradise," 18 July 2017 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. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "How a Tsunami in Japan Endangered Children in Cambodia," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of goiter

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for goiter

French goitre, from Middle French, back-formation from goitron throat, from Vulgar Latin *guttrion-, guttrio, from Latin guttur

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“Goiter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goiter. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goiter

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


goi·​ter | \ ˈgȯi-tər How to pronounce goiter (audio) \

Kids Definition of goiter

: a swelling on the front of the neck caused by enlargement of the thyroid gland


variants: or chiefly British goitre \ ˈgȯit-​ər How to pronounce goiter (audio) \

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

Other Words from goiter

goitrous \ ˈgȯi-​trəs How to pronounce goiter (audio) \ also goiterous \ ˈgȯit-​ə-​rəs How to pronounce goiter (audio) \ adjective

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