black lung

noun

Definition of black lung

: pneumoconiosis caused by habitual inhalation of coal dust

Examples of black lung in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The levy finances a trust fund that pays about 30,000 miners coping with black lung disease and their beneficiaries a little under $700 a month. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2022 Some of those provisions would extend the current fee paid by coal companies to fund benefits received by victims of coal workers' pneumoconiosis, or black lung. Arkansas Online, 23 Dec. 2021 Better Act also included an issue of particular import to Manchin’s state: a four-year extension of a critical excise tax that funds a program that provides benefits to veteran coal miners disabled with black lung disease. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 22 Dec. 2021 Some of those provisions include language that would extend the current fee paid by coal companies to fund benefits received by victims of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, or black lung. Lisa Mascaro And Farnoush Amiri, chicagotribune.com, 21 Dec. 2021 At least two of the former workers have been diagnosed with black lung disease. Dylan Lovan, ajc, 17 Nov. 2021 The inhaling of dusty air in mines can lead to an incurable and fatal disease called pneumoconiosis, or black lung, which has killed tens of thousands of coal miners. Dylan Lovan, ajc, 6 Nov. 2021 But Hannah, 29, also saw neighbors who grappled with nasty illnesses: bronchitis, black lung and cancer. NBC News, 29 Sep. 2021 Walsh’s agency oversees the Mine Safety and Health Administration as well as the administration of benefits for coal miners disabled by black lung disease. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of black lung

1837, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2022

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“Black lung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20lung. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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