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[bis-uh-noh-sis] /ˌbɪs əˈnoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology.
Origin of byssinosis
1885-90; < Greek býssin(os) fine flax, linen (equivalent to býss(os) byssus + -inos -ine1) + -osis Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for byssinosis


a lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of fibre dust in textile factories
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek bussinos of linen (see byssus) + -osis
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byssinosis in Medicine

byssinosis bys·si·no·sis (bĭs'ĭ-nō'sĭs)
A form of pneumoconiosis that affects cotton, flax, and hemp workers and is characterized by symptoms, such as wheezing, that are most severe at the beginning of each work week. Also called brown lung disease.

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