Understanding thyroid acronyms
There are a number of different acronyms when it comes to the thyroid, with this in mind we’ve put together this glossary so you find them all in the one place.
This hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and stimulates the thyroid gland to release T3 and T4.
One of the main hormones that the thyroid produces. T3 stimulates our body cells causing their metabolic processes to happen.
The other main hormone that the thyroid produces. T4 is converted to T3 by deiodinase enzymes.
This is the protein that T3 and T4 is bound to within the bloodstream.
This hormone stimulates the release of TSH. It is released itself from the hypothalamus.
TPO: Thyroid Peroxidase
A type of thyroid antibody.
TPOAb: Anti-thyroid Peroxidase
A thyroid autoimmune disease that results from the abnormal production of TPO antibodies by the immune system.
Another type of thyroid autoimmune disease that results from the abnormal production of TPO antibodies by the immune system.
TRAb: TSH receptor antibodies
A thyroid autoimmune disease caused by the presence of antibodies against the TSH receptor.