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honeycomb lung

the honeycomb pattern seen on X-ray at the later stages of chronic lung conditions, in which the lungs become less elastic and more fibrotic. Once the honeycomb appearance is visible on the X-ray, the lungs are likely to progress to respiratory failure.

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the appearance of multiple small radiolucent shadows on the lung x-ray, representing dilatations of the lung parenchyma, as in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; it is also seen with multiple small cysts or cavities.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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