black lung

noun

Definition of black lung

: pneumoconiosis caused by habitual inhalation of coal dust

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His father was a coal miner who died of black lung before he was born. Washington Post, "Serial killer who preyed on gay men executed in Florida," 23 Aug. 2019 His father was a coal miner who died of black lung disease before he was born. Fox News, "Serial killer who targeted gay men executed in Florida after eating hardy last meal," 23 Aug. 2019 His father was a coal miner who died of black lung before he was born. CBS News, "Florida executes man who preyed on gay men during 8-month killing spree," 22 Aug. 2019 Wilson, 63, said he has been diagnosed with black lung and has trouble sleeping at night because of fluid buildup in his lungs. Washington Post, "Feds: Kentucky coal mine supervisors cheated on dust samples," 11 July 2018 Kenny Fleming, who was diagnosed with black lung disease three years ago, looks at an image of his lung. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "CNN obtains report showing fund for coal miners with black lung is in trouble," 4 June 2018 Federal officials said black lung has caused roughly 78,000 deaths since the late 1960s and there has been a resurgence of it in recent years, especially in eastern Kentucky. Fox News, "Jury awards $67M to ex-miners who used defective dust masks," 26 Apr. 2018 Overexposure to coal mine dust leads to black lung disease—inflammation and scarring of the lungs, which eventually leads to organ damage and failure, and premature death. Greg Ip, WSJ, "A Costly, Deadly Obsession With Coal," 6 June 2018 Under Trump, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has also moved to reconsider rules meant to protect miners from breathing coal and rock dust — the primary cause of black lung — and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. Carolyn Mcatee Cerbin, USA TODAY, "Coal industry documents show extent of effort to influence Trump on Paris accord, regulations," 6 June 2018

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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black lung

noun

Medical Definition of black lung

: pneumoconiosis caused by habitual inhalation of coal dust

called also black lung disease

— compare silicosis

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