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) , ˌaz-​ \

Definition of asbestosis

: 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 It is also linked to the non-cancerous lung disease called asbestosis. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2021 But in many situations, exposure to asbestos fibers is extremely dangerous to humans and causes a virulent lung cancer called mesothelioma as well as a lung disease called asbestosis. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 23 Oct. 2020 Workers wanted a 15-cent raise to $1.00 per hour, more time off and better dust control to prevent asbestosis, a hardening of the lungs. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2020 People who have been exposed to asbestos have developed life-threatening diseases like asbestosis (a chronic lung disease caused by asbestos exposure), lung cancer, and mesothelioma, NIOSH says. Korin Miller,, 18 Oct. 2019 Soon thereafter 15 of them were dead, 14 from asbestosis or mesothelioma. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of asbestosis

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Asbestosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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) \

Medical Definition of asbestosis

: a pneumoconiosis due to asbestos particles that is marked by fibrosis and scarring of lung tissue

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