ferruginous bodies


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fer·ru·gi·nous bod·ies

in the lungs, foreign inorganic or organic fibers coated by complexes of hemosiderin and glycoproteins, and believed to be formed by macrophages that have phagocytized the fibers.
See also: asbestos bodies.

fer·ru·gi·nous bod·ies

(fĕ-rūji-nŭs bodēz)
In the lungs, foreign inorganic or organic fibers coated by complexes of hemosiderin and glycoproteins.

ferruginous bodies

fine fibers coated with amorphous protein and ferritin, found in lungs, and usually taken as evidence of exposure to asbestos inhalation. May be associated with the occurrence of mesotheliomas.
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Asbestos bodies should be distinguished from other ferruginous bodies or from pseudoasbestos bodies (see above), especially those with a black (Figure 17, A) or broad, yellow (Figure 17, B) core.
Asbestos bodies and nonasbestos ferruginous bodies.
This finding, coupled with analysis of cores from ferruginous bodies and the presence of ferruginous bodies in areas of interstitial fibrosis, pathologically supported the diagnosis of asbestos-related disease.