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Chronic inflammation of the lungs caused by excessive inhalation of dust containing iron salts or particles.


1. (Pathology) a lung disease caused by breathing in fine particles of iron or other metallic dust
2. (Pathology) an excessive amount of iron in the blood or tissues
siderotic adj


(ˌsɪd əˈroʊ sɪs)

a disease of the lungs caused by inhaling iron or other metallic particles.
[1875–80; < Greek sídēr(os) iron + -osis]
sid`er•ot′ic (-ˈrɒt ɪk) adj.


1. a disease caused by the inhalation of iron particles.
2. an abnormal amount of iron deposits in the body.
See also: Disease and Illness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.siderosis - fibrosis of the lung caused by iron dust; occurs among welders and other metal workers
pneumoconiosis, pneumonoconiosis - chronic respiratory disease caused by inhaling metallic or mineral particles
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There is not much literature available regarding the implications of transplanting a severely siderotic liver into a nonhemochromatosis patient.
In the process of erythropoiesis, erythroid cells matures from pronormoblasts, characterised by the loss of nucleus, condensation of chromatin to form coalescent clumps, formation of siderotic clusters, and the cessation of DNA and RNA synthesis, and optimized haemoglobin production.
On MRI, hepatosplenic alterations in schistosomiasis are characterized by heterogeneity of the hepatic parenchyma and the presence of peripheral perihepatic vessels, periportal fibrosis, splenomegaly, siderotic nodules, and venous collateral pathways (10).