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fer·ri·tin

 (fĕr′ĭ-tĭn)
n.
An iron-containing protein complex, found principally in the intestinal mucosa, spleen, and liver, that functions as the primary form of iron storage in the body.
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ferritin

(ˈfɛrɪtɪn)
n
(Biochemistry) biochem a protein that contains iron and plays a part in the storage of iron in the body. It occurs in the liver and spleen
[C20: from ferrite + -in]
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fer•ri•tin

(ˈfɛr ɪ tn)

n.
a protein of the liver, spleen, and bone marrow that stores iron for use in metabolism.
[< Czech (1934)]
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Noun1.ferritin - a protein containing 20% iron that is found in the intestines and liver and spleen; it is one of the chief forms in which iron is stored in the body
protein - any of a large group of nitrogenous organic compounds that are essential constituents of living cells; consist of polymers of amino acids; essential in the diet of animals for growth and for repair of tissues; can be obtained from meat and eggs and milk and legumes; "a diet high in protein"
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fer·ri·tin

n. ferritina, una de las formas en que el hierro se almacena en el organismo.
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ferritin

n ferritina
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References in periodicals archive ?
There is evidence that iron can be stored as an intracellular iron storage protein complex consisting of heavy (H) and light (L) chain subunits (ferritins H and L).
Structure, function, and evolution of ferritins. J Inorg Biochem 1992;47(34):161-174.
The ferritins: molecular properties, iron storage function and cellular regulation.
Plasma ferritins were measured in eight patients who had plasma alanine aminotransferase (ALT) values <100 U/L pre-AHD and >1000 U/L post-AHD.
Evidence that H and L ferritins have co-operative roles in the iron uptake mechanism of human ferritin.
In normal circumstances, iron status can usually be assessed adequately by measuring serum levels of ferritin. In the presence of proinflammatory stimuli, however, the diagnosis of iron deficiency is more complex.
INTRODUCTION: Ferritin is a globular protein complex consisting of 24 protein subunits, and is the primary intracellular iron storage protein in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, keeping iron in a soluble and non-toxic form.
A review of patient data revealed that most patients were experiencing high ferritin levels.
Ferritin is the iron-storage protein responsible for sequestering excess iron, to be stored in a safe way in the liver or to be shed with the intestinal epithelial cells.
Indirect measures used for evaluating iron status include transferrin saturation, serum ferritin, serum iron, and total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) of transferrin (Hudson & Comstock, 2001).