from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid gland, visible as a swelling at the front of the neck, that is often associated with iodine deficiency. Also called struma.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative spelling of goitre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An enlargement of the thyroid gland, on the anterior part of the neck, usually resulting from iodine deficiency; bronchocele. It is frequently associated with cretinism, and was at one time common in mountainous regions, especially in certain parts of Switzerland. The incidence of goiter has been substantially reduced by addition of iodine to ceratin foods, such as salt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a morbid enlargement of the thyroid gland on the front part and side or sides of the neck; struma.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. abnormally enlarged thyroid gland; can result from underproduction or overproduction of hormone or from a deficiency of iodine in the diet
French goitre, from Provençal goitron, from Vulgar Latin *guttūriō, guttūriōn-, throat, from Latin guttur.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, either from Old French goitron (from Vulgar Latin *gutturio, from Latin guttur), or a back-formation from French goitreux ‘goitered’. (Wiktionary)