farmer's lung

noun

: an acute pulmonary disorder characterized by sudden onset, fever, cough, expectoration, and breathlessness that results from the inhalation of spores in dust from moldy hay or straw

Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of farmer's lung was in 1944

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“Farmer's lung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farmer%27s%20lung. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

farmer's lung

noun
farm·​er's lung ˌfär-mərz- How to pronounce farmer's lung (audio)
: an acute pulmonary disorder that is characterized by sudden onset, fever, cough, expectoration, and breathlessness and that results from the inhalation of dust from moldy hay or straw

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