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[trans-fer-in] /trænsˈfɛr ɪn/
noun, Biochemistry.
a plasma glycoprotein that transports dietary iron to the liver, spleen, and bone marrow.
Origin of transferrin
1947; trans- + Latin ferr(um) iron + -in2 Unabridged
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  • If ever I go blind, my experience durin those days will help considable in transferrin my eyesight to my fingers.

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British Dictionary definitions for transferrin


(biochem) any of a group of blood glycoproteins that transport iron Also called beta globulin, siderophilin
Word Origin
C20: from trans- + ferro- + -in
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transferrin in Medicine

transferrin trans·fer·rin (trāns-fěr'ĭn)
A beta globulin in blood serum that combines with and transports iron. Also called siderophilin.

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