Definition of ferritin in English:


Line breaks: fer|ritin
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛrɪtɪn


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • A protein produced in mammalian metabolism which serves to store iron in the tissues.
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    • 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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