siderophile

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See also: sidérophile

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

sidero- +‎ -phile

Noun[edit]

siderophile (plural siderophiles)

  1. (chemistry, geology) In the Goldschmidt classification, an element that forms alloys easily with iron and is concentrated in the Earth's core.
  2. A siderophile element, tissue, or cell.

Adjective[edit]

siderophile (comparative more siderophile, superlative most siderophile)

  1. (of a cell or tissue) Having an affinity for iron.
  2. (geology) Having an affinity for metallic iron.

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