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black lung

pneumoconiosis of coal miners, caused by coal dust; anthracosis.
Origin of black lung
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The permanent inhalation of such an atmosphere results in what is termed the “black lung.”

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black lung

another name for pneumoconiosis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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black lung in Medicine

black lung n.
A form of pneumoconiosis common in coal miners, characterized by the deposit of carbon particles in the lungs.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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black lung in Science
black lung  
An occupational disease of coal miners caused by the long-term inhalation of coal dust, characterized by the presence of coal around the bronchioles on x-ray images. Most patients develop no symptoms, but a few advance to progressive obstruction of the airways and destruction of lung tissue with accompanying shortness of breath and eventual respiratory disability.
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black lung in Culture

black lung definition

A chronic disease of the lungs caused by inhaling coal dust over long periods. Common among coal miners, black lung is an examle of an occupational disease.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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