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n. a red blood cell precursor (see erythroblast) in which iron-containing granules can be demonstrated by suitable staining techniques. Sideroblasts may be seen in normal individuals and are absent in iron deficiency. A certain type of anaemia (sideroblastic anaemia) is characterized by the presence of abnormal ringed sideroblasts. —sideroblasticadj.

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