One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A swelling of the neck resulting from enlargement of the thyroid gland.‘a woman with a goitre’mass noun ‘the belief that amber necklaces were good for curing goitre’
- ‘It is assumed that most elderly patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism have a multinodular goiter, but several other conditions should be considered in the differential diagnosis.’
- ‘There may also be swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck - a goitre.’
- ‘Many of the patients in these studies had clinical signs of thyroid disease (e.g., a visible goiter, ophthalmic findings) that prompted testing.’
- ‘Life changing operations such as hernia repairs and removal of a goiter of the thyroid gland were considered elective, a luxury, but are now being performed free of charge.’
- ‘I had a little goitre too, a thickened neck, and I couldn't look at myself.’
Early 17th century: from French, a back-formation from goitreux ‘having a goitre’, or from Old French goitron ‘gullet’, both based on Latin guttur ‘throat’.
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