pneu·​mo·​co·​ni·​o·​sis | \ ˌnü-mō-ˌkō-nē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce pneumoconiosis (audio) , ˌnyü-\
plural pneumoconioses\ ˌnü-​mō-​ˌkō-​nē-​ˈō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce pneumoconioses (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \

Definition of pneumoconiosis

: a disease of the lungs caused by the habitual inhalation of irritants (such as mineral or metallic particles) — compare black lung, silicosis

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Miners who breathe dusty air over a period of years are at risk of contracting pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. Washington Post, "Feds: Kentucky coal mine supervisors cheated on dust samples," 11 July 2018 In 2014, the program reported an increase in black lung disease or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Study Uncovers Startling Number of Black Lung Cases in Coal Miners," 8 Feb. 2018 New South Wales, the state bordering Queensland’s south, reported in February its first case of pneumoconiosis in a coalmine worker since the 1970s. Perry Williams,, "A Deadly Disease That Strikes Coal Miners Has Returned in Australia," 8 Sep. 2017 From bladder cancer in dye workers to the lung disease pneumoconiosis in coal miners, researchers found that occupational exposure to various carcinogens and toxins was linked to about 800,000 deaths annually. The Washington Post,, "Pollution kills 9 million people each year, new study finds," 20 Oct. 2017 McCool has the classic form of the disease, coal worker’s pneumoconiosis. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Why Black Lung Disease is Deadlier Than Ever Before," 16 May 2017 His doctor’s diagnosis, his widow said, was coal workers’ pneumoconiosis — or black lung. Eric Boodman, Fox News, "Trump promised to bring back coal. Now some worry he will take away miners’ black lung benefits," 28 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of pneumoconiosis

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pneumoconiosis

New Latin, from pneum- + Greek konis dust — more at incinerate

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The first known use of pneumoconiosis was in 1881

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pneu·​mo·​co·​ni·​o·​sis | \ ˌn(y)ü-mō-ˌkō-nē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce pneumoconiosis (audio) \
plural pneumoconioses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce pneumoconioses (audio) \

Medical Definition of pneumoconiosis

: a disease of the lungs caused by the habitual inhalation of irritants (as mineral or metallic particles)

called also miner's asthma, miner's consumption, pneumonoconiosis

— see black lung, silicosis

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