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[goi-ter] /ˈgɔɪ tər/
noun, Pathology.
an enlargement of the thyroid gland on the front and sides of the neck, usually symptomatic of abnormal thyroid secretion, especially hypothyroidism due to a lack of iodine in the diet.
Also, especially British, goitre.
Origin of goiter
1615-25; < French goitreLatin guttur throat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Although this girl's goiter had been removed, the symptoms still persisted.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • It is characterized by goiter, marked deformities and imbecility.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • Another young girl, Miss L., had had a similar operation for goiter six years before.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • Now and then the goiter moved up and down, each movement indicating the passage of a thought through his sluggish brain.

    From the Valley of the Missing Grace Miller White
  • goiter, one of the first signals of warning that new blood must be infused in the race, was prevalent.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • It is a curious fact that where this species of tree abounds, goiter is prevalent among the inhabitants.

  • It was efficacious for all forms of goiter and cannot possibly harm.

  • goiter, fi-kĕk′ or fĭn-to′-kĕl, is quite common with adults, and is more common with women than men.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • A generation ago applications of iodin to the goiter were reported to have good effects.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
Word Origin and History for goiter

1620s, from French goître (16c.), from Rhône dialect, from Old Provençal goitron "throat, gullet," from Vulgar Latin *gutturiosum or *gutturionem, from Latin guttur "throat" (see guttural).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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goiter in Medicine

goiter goi·ter (goi'tər)
A noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid gland, visible as a swelling at the front of the neck, that is often associated with iodine deficiency.

goi'trous (-trəs) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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goiter in Science
An enlarged thyroid gland, visible as a swelling at the front of the neck. It is often associated with thyroid disease, especially in areas of the world outside of North America where iodine deficiency is endemic.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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