- a disease of the lungs caused by the inhaling of siliceous particles, as by stonecutters.
Origin of silicosis
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- pathol a form of pneumoconiosis caused by breathing in tiny particles of silica, quartz, or slate, and characterized by shortness of breath and fibrotic changes in the tissues of the lungs
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Word Origin and History for silicosis
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- A disease of the lungs caused by continued inhalation of the dust of minerals that contain silica and characterized by progressive fibrosis and a chronic shortness of breath.silicatosis
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