as·​bes·​to·​sis ˌas-ˌbe-ˈstō-səs How to pronounce asbestosis (audio) ˌaz- How to pronounce asbestosis (audio)
plural asbestoses ˌas-ˌbe-ˈstō-ˌsēz How to pronounce asbestosis (audio)
: a pneumoconiosis due to asbestos particles that is marked by thickening and scarring of lung tissue

Examples of asbestosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team believes that the effects of asbestos exposure are likely underestimated, unless lung cancer is considered alongside mesothelioma and asbestosis. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 16 Nov. 2023 Breathing it in can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and a non-cancerous condition called asbestosis. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 16 Nov. 2023 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lung cancer, prostate cancer, aplastic anemia, colon cancer, liver cancer, esophageal cancer, asbestosis, Ewing’s sarcoma, emphysema, cancer of the brain, cancer of the heart: these are some of the illnesses that appeared in our town. Rosemary McClure, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Asbestos can cause a number of cancers, including the aggressive lung cancer mesothelioma, and other health problems like asbestosis, which scars the lungs. Neil Bedi, ProPublica, 14 Dec. 2022 X-rays showed that asbestosis had scarred his lungs. Kathleen McGrory, ProPublica, 22 Oct. 2022 Asbestos has long been known to cause deadly cancers and a chronic lung disease called asbestosis. Kathleen McGrory, ProPublica, 9 Dec. 2022 Asbestos is a toxic mineral that can cause serious illnesses like scarring of the lungs, called asbestosis, and mesothelioma, a vicious cancer that kills most victims within a few years. Neil Bedi, ProPublica, 27 Oct. 2022 Hutt now requires nearly continuous use of supplemental oxygen due to asbestosis. NBC News, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of asbestosis was in 1927

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“Asbestosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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as·​bes·​to·​sis ˌas-ˌbes-ˈtō-səs, ˌaz- How to pronounce asbestosis (audio)
plural asbestoses -ˌsēz How to pronounce asbestosis (audio)
: a pneumoconiosis due to asbestos particles that is marked by fibrosis and scarring of lung tissue

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