One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A form of pneumoconiosis resulting from the chronic inhalation of dust or fumes containing iron.
2Excessive accumulation of haemosiderin in organs and tissues of the body; = "haemosiderosis". Now rare.
3Accumulation of iron in parts of the eye, especially the lens, iris, and retina, typically as the result of the presence of a ferrous foreign body.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin siderosis from ancient Greek σίδηρος iron + scientific Latin -osis.
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