Definition of goiter in English:


Syllabification: goi·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈɡoitər
(British goitre)


A swelling of the neck resulting from enlargement of the thyroid gland: a woman with a goiter the belief that amber necklaces were good for curing goiter
More example sentences
  • There may also be swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck - a goitre.
  • It is assumed that most elderly patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism have a multinodular goiter, but several other conditions should be considered in the differential diagnosis.
  • Life changing operations such as hernia repairs and removal of a goiter of the thyroid gland were considered elective, a luxury, but are now being performed free of charge.


early 17th century: from French, a back-formation from goitreux 'having a goiter', or from Old French goitron 'gullet', both based on Latin guttur 'throat'.





Pronunciation: /ˈɡoitrəs/
More example sentences
  • In Britain the best recognized region is the Peak District and this is the reason why this goitrous condition is known colloquially as ‘Derbyshire neck’: but iodination of table salt has now made it rare.
  • A review of 15 cases of fetal goitrous hypothyroidism in the English literature is presented.
  • Normal immunoglobulin levels have also been found in goitrous cases in other studies.

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