silicosis

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noun sil·i·co·sis \ˌsi-lə-ˈkō-səs\

Definition of silicosis

  1. :  pneumoconiosis characterized by massive fibrosis of the lungs resulting in shortness of breath and caused by prolonged inhalation of silica dusts

silicotic

play \ˌsi-lə-ˈkä-tik\ adjective or noun

Origin and Etymology of silicosis

New Latin, from silica + -osis


First Known Use: 1881


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silicosis

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noun sil·i·co·sis \ˌsil-ə-ˈkō-səs\

Medical Definition of silicosis

plural

silicoses

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  1. :  pneumoconiosis characterized by massive fibrosis of the lungs resulting in shortness of breath and caused by prolonged inhalation of silica dusts—compare black lung, pneumoconiosis


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