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Definition of «Ferritin»


Ferritin: The major iron storage protein in the body. The blood level of ferritin serves as an indicator of the amount of iron stored in the body. Ferritin has the shape of a hollow sphere that permits the entry of a variable amount of iron for storage (as ferric hydroxide phosphate complexes). When ferritin levels are too high, this can be indicative of an iron storage disorder, a chronic inflammatory condition such as liver disease or rheumatoid arthritis, or some types of cancer. Low levels of ferritin are seen in iron deficiency.

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