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ferritin

[fer-i-tn] /ˈfɛr ɪ tn/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
an amber-colored, crystalline protein, found in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow, that consists of apoferritin combined with a ferric hydroxide-ferric phosphate complex and that stores iron for use in metabolism.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; ferrite + -in2
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Examples from the web for ferritin
  • If you haven't already, get a serum ferritin test to check if the iron you are taking orally is being absorbed.
  • ferritin is a protein that binds to iron and helps to store iron in the body.
  • ferritin is a protein that binds to iron, and low levels typically mean the patient does not have enough iron in their body.
British Dictionary definitions for ferritin

ferritin

/ˈfɛrɪtɪn/
noun
1.
(biochem) a protein that contains iron and plays a part in the storage of iron in the body. It occurs in the liver and spleen
Word Origin
C20: from ferrite + -in
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ferritin in Medicine

ferritin fer·ri·tin (fěr'ĭ-tĭn)
n.
An iron-containing protein complex, found principally in the intestinal mucosa, spleen, and liver, that functions as the primary form of iron storage in the body.

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