from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • 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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  • n. Any of a family of iron-carrying globular protein complexes consisting of 24 protein subunits.

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  • n. 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


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  • Your doctor also may check the level of iron in your blood (this is called your serum iron) and the amount of iron that your body is storing (this form of iron is called ferritin).


  • your doctor will probably also check something called ferritin, which is the storage form of iron and a more accurate reflection of total iron stores.

  • Researchers found that a protein called ferritin binds to and cripples the ability of another blood protein, called HKa, to shut down blood vessel growth.

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  • MCHC, and the appearance of the RBCs on visual examination of a ferritin is the best laboratory test for storage of marrow iron. transferrin level.

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  • He told Zabriskie that he could try the diet, so long as he took regular blood tests to monitor his level of ferritin, the protein that stores iron.

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  • Vaughters says he was surprised when blood tests early this season showed Zabriskie's ferritin levels had remained stable on the vegan diet—which means his hemoglobin and red blood cell counts also remained normal.

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  • Altered levels of certain chemicals or proteins in the blood, such as increased triglycerides, increased ferritin and increased soluble interleukin 2 receptor levels

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  • PPS – Thanks to my free copy of PPLP, after reading the iron chapter, I decided to get my ferritin tested.

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  • Take both a CBC test for hemoglobin and a serum ferritin test because hemoglobin can be normal while ferritin can still be low.

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  • A blood test showed that she had a low level of ferritin, a protein that binds to iron to store it in the liver.

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