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occupational disease

Also called industrial disease. a disease caused by the conditions or hazards of a particular occupation.
a trait or tendency that develops among members of a particular profession:
Cynicism was thought to be an occupational disease of reporters.
Origin of occupational disease
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The solicitor has passed upon other cases of occupational disease, with some decidedly interesting results.

  • We've got an occupational disease to fight—progressive mental myopia.

    Sjambak John Holbrook Vance
  • If 'cedar asthma,' the shingle weaver's occupational disease, does not get him, the steel will.

    The Everett massacre Walker C. Smith
  • Telepaths do go insane—it's sort of an occupational disease.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
occupational disease in Medicine

occupational disease n.
A pathological condition resulting from a toxic agent, a hazard, or a repetitive operation encountered during the usual performance of one's occupation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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occupational disease in Culture

occupational disease definition

A disease that is caused by a person's line of work, or occupation. A common occupational disease is carpal tunnel syndrome, which results from repetitive motion.

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