sil·​i·​co·​sis | \ ˌsi-lə-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce silicosis (audio) \

Definition of silicosis

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

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Other Words from silicosis

silicotic \ ˌsi-​lə-​ˈkä-​tik How to pronounce silicosis (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of silicosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This new policy will impede efforts to protect workers not only from Covid-19, but also from other occupational diseases, including tuberculosis, silicosis, and lead poisoning. David Michaels, STAT, 24 Nov. 2020 By 2009, silicosis was becoming difficult to ignore. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2019 Joel Yabrosky, 58, devoted husband of Vicki [Tenan] Yabrosky, of 23 years, passed away on November 7, 2019, at Cone Health Center, following a long battle with breathing issues related to silicosis., 17 Nov. 2019 Diseases such as silicosis were common among the workers, and some died handling the stone blocks or the dynamite used to blast open the mountain. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2019 The wife of one worker suspected silicosis, perhaps worsened by heavy smoking habits. The Economist, 1 Aug. 2019 Sand mining can also pose a human health risk in the form of silicosis, a lung disease caused by inhaling tiny, airborne silica particles. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, 26 Apr. 2019 Injuries are common, and the constant breathing in of fine particles can lead to respiratory conditions like asthma, silicosis, and tuberculosis. Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, Marie Claire, 16 Oct. 2018 Jagged ash particles irritate the lungs and over the long term can lead to a disease known as silicosis. Umair Irfan, Vox, 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of silicosis

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silicosis

New Latin, from silica + -osis

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The first known use of silicosis was in 1881

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“Silicosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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sil·​i·​co·​sis | \ ˌsil-ə-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce silicosis (audio) \
plural silicoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce silicosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of silicosis

: 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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