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 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, "'King of the coal' Robert Murray dies at the age of 80," 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, "Siberia’s Malady Is the Same as Mine," 28 Aug. 2020 One is that black lung disease, or pneumoconiosis, is undergoing a deadly resurgence in central Appalachia. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Soul Full of Coal Dust,' by Chris Hamby," 14 Aug. 2020 In 2018, about 873,000 Chinese workers had pneumoconiosis, a broad class of lung disease, up from about 559,000 in 2000, according to China’s National Health Commission. Washington Post, "They built a Chinese boomtown. It left them dying of lung disease with nowhere to turn.," 15 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. 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

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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

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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