black lung

noun

: pneumoconiosis caused by habitual inhalation of coal dust

Examples of black lung in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not your grandfather's black lung:Federal rule seeks to save coal miners from silica dust Officials and experts have known for decades that inhaling silica dust, a carcinogen also known as crystalline silica, produces permanent scarring in the lungs and limits lung capacity. Eduardo Cuevas, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2024 Their father was a coal miner, who died at age 52 of black lung, a condition that affected many mine workers. Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 Silica dust is 20 times more toxic than coal dust and causes severe forms of black lung disease after even a few years of exposure. Matthew Daly, Fortune, 17 Apr. 2024 Exposure to silica and coal dust is a contributing factor for black lung disease, or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, and a more severe form of progressive massive fibrosis. Eduardo Cuevas, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for black lung 

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black lung was in 1837

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“Black lung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20lung. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

black lung

noun
: a disease of the lungs caused by the repeated breathing in of coal dust over a long time

called also black lung disease

Medical Definition

black lung

noun
: pneumoconiosis caused by habitual inhalation of coal dust

called also black lung disease

compare silicosis

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