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 pneumoconiosis (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 Some of those provisions would extend the current fee paid by coal companies to fund benefits received by victims of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, or black lung. Lisa Mascaro And Farnoush Amiri, ajc, 23 Dec. 2021 Some of those provisions would extend the current fee paid by coal companies to fund benefits received by victims of coal workers' pneumoconiosis, or black lung. Arkansas Online, 23 Dec. 2021 Some of those provisions include language that would extend the current fee paid by coal companies to fund benefits received by victims of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, or black lung. Lisa Mascaro And Farnoush Amiri, chicagotribune.com, 21 Dec. 2021 The federal dust rules exist to protect mine workers from inhaling too much dusty air, which can contribute to an incurable and fatal disease called pneumoconiosis, or black lung. Dylan Lovan, ajc, 17 Nov. 2021 The inhaling of dusty air in mines can lead to an incurable and fatal disease called pneumoconiosis, or black lung, which has killed tens of thousands of coal miners. Dylan Lovan, ajc, 6 Nov. 2021 Murray was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or coal miner pneumoconiosis, in July 2016 and had been battling the disease since, according to Shaheen and a statement by American Consolidated Natural Resources. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, 26 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, 28 Aug. 2020 One is that black lung disease, or pneumoconiosis, is undergoing a deadly resurgence in central Appalachia. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, 14 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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“Pneumoconiosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pneumoconiosis. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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 pneumoconiosis (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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