American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See black lung.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Apulmonary affection produced by the inhalation of coal-dust, as by colliers. The particles, taken into the tissues of the lungs, are apt to produce more or less inflammation in the form of bronchitis or diffuse pneumonitis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A chronic lung disease, common among coal miners, due to the inhalation of coal dust; -- called also
collier's lungand miner's phthisis. See also the related conditions pneumomelanosis and pneumoconiosis (black lung).
- n. lung disease caused by inhaling coal dust
- New Latin : Greek anthrax, anthrak-, charcoal + -osis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Other health hazards specific to underground coal mining include coal dust, which can cause coal workers pneumoconiosis or anthracosis, often combined with silicosis.”
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