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 asbestoses (audio) , ˌaz-​ \

Definition of asbestosis

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Johnson & Johnson Recalls 33,000 Bottles of Baby Powder After Asbestos is Found—Here's Why It's So Dangerous," 18 Oct. 2019 Soon thereafter 15 of them were dead, 14 from asbestosis or mesothelioma. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Asbestosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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as·​bes·​to·​sis | \ ˌas-ˌbes-ˈtō-səs, ˌaz- How to pronounce asbestosis (audio) \
plural asbestoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce asbestoses (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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