byssinosis

noun
bys·​si·​no·​sis | \ ˌbi-sə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce byssinosis (audio) \
plural byssinoses\ ˌbi-​sə-​ˈnō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce byssinoses (audio) \

Definition of byssinosis

: an occupational respiratory disease associated with inhalation of cotton, flax, or hemp dust and characterized initially by chest tightness, shortness of breath, and cough and eventually by irreversible lung disease

First Known Use of byssinosis

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for byssinosis

New Latin, from Latin byssinus of fine linen, from Greek byssinos, from byssos

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“Byssinosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/byssinosis. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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byssinosis

noun
bys·​si·​no·​sis | \ ˌbis-ə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce byssinosis (audio) \
plural byssinoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce byssinoses (audio) \

Medical Definition of byssinosis

: an occupational respiratory disease associated with inhalation of cotton, flax, or hemp dust and characterized initially by chest tightness, shortness of breath, and cough, and eventually by irreversible lung disease

called also brown lung, brown lung disease, mill fever

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