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pneumoconiosis

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noun, pneu·mo·co·ni·o·sis \ˌnü-mō-ˌkō-nē-ˈō-səs, ˌnyü-\

Definition of pneumoconiosis

plural pneumoconiosesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  a disease of the lungs caused by the habitual inhalation of irritants (as mineral or metallic particles) — compare black lung, silicosis



Origin of pneumoconiosis

New Latin, from pneum- + Greek konis dust — more at incinerate


First Known Use: 1881


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pneumoconiosis

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noun pneu·mo·co·ni·o·sis \ˌn(y)ü-mō-ˌkō-nē-ˈō-səs\

Medical Definition of pneumoconiosis

plural pneumoconioses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  a disease of the lungs caused by the habitual inhalation of irritants (as mineral or metallic particles)—called also miner's asthma, miner's consumption, pneumonoconiosis; see black lung, silicosis




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