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Pronunciation: as′bes-tō′sis

Definition: Pneumoconiosis resulting from inhalation of asbestos fibers suspended in ambient air; sometimes complicated by pleural mesothelioma or bronchogenic carcinoma; ferruginous bodies are the histologic hallmark of exposure to asbestos.

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