goiter

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noun goi·ter \ˈgȯi-tər\

Definition of goiter

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

goitrous

play \ˈgȯi-trəs, ˈgȯi-tə-rəs\ adjective

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: 1625


GOITER Defined for English Language Learners

goiter

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noun goi·ter \ˈgȯi-tər\

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

goiter

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noun goi·ter \ˈgȯi-tər\

Definition of goiter for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

goiter

noun goi·ter
variants: or chiefly British

goitre

\ˈgȯit-ər\play

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

goitrous

\ˈgȯi-trəs\play also

goiterous

\ˈgȯit-ə-rəs\play adjective

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