transferrin

noun
trans·​fer·​rin | \ tran(t)s-ˈfer-ən How to pronounce transferrin (audio) \

Definition of transferrin

: a beta globulin in blood plasma capable of combining with ferric ions and transporting iron in the body

Examples of transferrin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her nasal drainage was later analyzed and tested positive for beta-2 transferrin, a marker that’s found almost exclusively in cerebrospinal (aka brain) fluid. Korin Miller, Health.com, 2 Oct. 2020 The organoid also pumped out standard human liver proteins, including albumin and transferrin. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 22 July 2017

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First Known Use of transferrin

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transferrin

trans- + Latin ferrum "iron" + -in entry 1 — more at farrier

Note: The term was first suggested by Carl G. Holmberg and C.-G. Laurell in "Nature of Serum Copper and its Relation to the Iron-binding Protein in Human Serum," Acta Chemica Scandinavica, vol. 1 (1947), p. 950.

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“Transferrin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transferrin. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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transferrin

noun
trans·​fer·​rin | \ tran(t)s-ˈfer-ən How to pronounce transferrin (audio) \

Medical Definition of transferrin

: a beta globulin in blood plasma capable of combining with ferric ions and transporting iron in the body

called also siderophilin

More from Merriam-Webster on transferrin

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