American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A disease of the lungs, such as asbestosis or silicosis, caused by long-continued inhalation of especially mineral or metallic dust.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. chronic respiratory disease caused by inhaling metallic or mineral particles
- New Latin, from Ancient Greek πνεῦμα (pneuma, "wind, breath, spirit") + κόνις (konis, "dust") + -osis (Wiktionary)
- pneumo- + Greek konis, koniā, dust + -osis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The industrial disease pneumoconiosis is caused by inhaling what?”
“Black lung disease, also called pneumoconiosis, is caused by breathing in coal dust.”
“During that time there has been an alarming rise in coal workers' pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, among miners in parts of southern West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states, according to NIOSH.”
“More than 170,000 miners have been killed in tunnel collapses, explosions, and floods, a death rate per ton at least thirty times higher than that in the United States.12 Countless more will perish prematurely of pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease, because there is little or no protection from the dust in the enclosed tunnels.”
“In addition, silicosis, unlike other forms of pneumoconiosis, may predispose certain individuals to development of pulmonary tuberculosis.”
“Pernicious intake of dust also culminated in pneumoconiosis, a disease of the lungs, caused by the prolonged inhalation of dust.”
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“The primary types of respiratory toxicity are: pulmonary irritation asthma/bronchitis reactive airway disease emphysema allergic alveolitis fibrotic lung disease pneumoconiosis lung cancer”
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“The Two Brothers, who were unwrapped by Margaret Murray, are interesting both in terms of their diseases -- parasitic diseases, arthritis, pleurisy, sand pneumoconiosis -- and also because anatomically they are so different that, genetically, they could not have been full siblings.”
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