black lung


Definition of black lung

: pneumoconiosis caused by habitual inhalation of coal dust

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Recent Examples on the Web In the late 1960s, mining communities were devastated by black lung disease. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, "8 books you should read instead of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’," 19 Nov. 2020 Last month, Murray filed with the Department of Labor for black lung benefits, according to the Ohio Valley Resource. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Bob Murray, coal baron and fierce critic of environmental regulations, dies at 80," 26 Oct. 2020 Public reports recently stated Murray had applied for black lung benefits with the U.S. Department of Labor. CBS News, "Coal magnate, Robert Murray, who fought mine safety regulations for years, dies at 80," 26 Oct. 2020 That same layer of gritty ash that turned our skies an otherworldly orange color a few weeks ago, also made the HEPA filter on our central heating system look like those old black lung models from anti-smoking commercials. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Air purifiers: A deep dive into the best ones, why you should buy one," 4 Oct. 2020 According to the American Lung Association, the disease known as black lung disease occurs when coal dust is inhaled. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Ohio coal magnate Robert Murray has filed for black lung benefits, report says," 1 Oct. 2020 Years of breathing sulphur and black dust caused coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, or black lung; in severe cases, lesions in the lung tissues necrotized, leaving empty, dead cavities. Bathsheba Demuth, The Atlantic, "Siberia’s Malady Is the Same as Mine," 28 Aug. 2020 One is that black lung disease, or pneumoconiosis, is undergoing a deadly resurgence in central Appalachia. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Soul Full of Coal Dust,' by Chris Hamby," 14 Aug. 2020 My mother was 7 when her father died, a 27-year-old coal miner destroyed by black lung disease. Los Angeles Times, "I hate Mother’s Day because it reminds me of my failings as a daughter," 6 May 2020

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Black lung.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of black lung

: pneumoconiosis caused by habitual inhalation of coal dust

called also black lung disease

— compare silicosis

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