Definition of ferritin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɛrɪtɪn/


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A protein produced in mammalian metabolism which serves to store iron in the tissues.
Example sentences
  • Several detailed studies were carried out with the proteins lysozyme and ferritin.
  • High concentrations of the iron carrying protein ferritin are a marker of haemochromatosis.
  • These mice also had high blood levels of the iron storage protein ferritin.


1930s: from ferri- + -t- (for ease of pronunciation) + -in1.

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