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ferritin/fer·ri·tin/ (-ĭ-tin) the iron-apoferritin complex, one of the chief forms in which iron is stored in the body.
ferritinHematology A major iron storage protein present in small amounts in serum; in healthy adults, serum ferritin reflects the body's iron store, and can be used to detect iron deficiency Ref range ♂ 33-236 ng/mL; ♀, < 40 yrs 12-263 ng/mL; > 40 yrs 11-122 ng/mL; ↓ Ferritin Hypochromic anemia, microcytic anemia. iron deficiency anemia↑ Ferritin Iron overload, hemochromatosis, inflammation, malignancy
ferritinThe principal IRON-binding protein of the body. Ferritin acts as an iron store in the liver and other tissues. Each ferritin molecule can hold up to 4500 iron atoms and the amount of iron in ferritin molecules accurately reflects the total iron stores of the body. Ferritin also protects against the toxic effects of excess iron.
ferritina conjugated, electron-dense protein concerned in the absorption of iron through the intestinal mucosa. It serves as a storage protein for iron in the liver and spleen.
ferritinan iron-protein complex, which acts as a store for iron. Found mainly in the liver but also in the spleen and bone marrow. Serum ferritin measurement is used as a marker of total body iron. See also anaemia.
ferritinwater-soluble iron-protein complex, used in haemoglobin formation
Patient discussion about ferritin
Q. My Iron/TIBC tests normal, Ferritin,Serum = 22. Range 22-322. What is the problem? Iron Bind. Cap. ug/dL 324 range 250 - 450 UIBC ug/dL 206 range 150 - 375 Iron, Serum ug/dL 118 range 40 - 155 Iron Saturation % 36 range 15 - 55 Biopsy = Prostate Cancer....PCA high = 10.2 PSA now 8.3 PSA Ultra W/Serial Monitor ...Ultrasenitive = 8.26