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thyroglobulin thy·ro·glob·u·lin (thī'rō-glŏb'yə-lĭn)

  1. A protein, usually stored in the colloid of the thyroid gland, that has properties similar to the globulins and that yields various amino acids, including amino acids that contain iodine, when hydrolyzed.

  2. A substance obtained by the fractionation of thyroid glands from the hog and used as a thyroid hormone in the treatment of hypothyroidism.

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