pneumoconiosis

noun
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

Examples of pneumoconiosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black lung disease, or pneumoconiosis, is caused by inhaling dust in the lungs and has no cure. Washington Post, "Report: black lung funding cut will cost taxpayers billions," 10 Dec. 2019 Black lung disease, or pneumoconiosis, is caused by inhaling dust in the lungs and has no cure. Washington Post, "Report: black lung funding cut will cost taxpayers billions," 10 Dec. 2019 Black lung disease, or pneumoconiosis, is caused by inhaling dust in the lungs and has no cure. Washington Post, "Report: black lung funding cut will cost taxpayers billions," 10 Dec. 2019 Black lung disease, or pneumoconiosis, is caused by inhaling dust in the lungs and has no cure. BostonGlobe.com, "Lab building in Cambridge sold for $332m," 12 Dec. 2019 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, Bloomberg.com, "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, OregonLive.com, "Pollution kills 9 million people each year, new study finds," 20 Oct. 2017

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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Pneumoconiosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pneumoconiosis. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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pneumoconiosis

noun
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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