[ as-be-stoh-sis, az- ]
/ ˌæs bɛˈstoʊ sɪs, ˌæz- /

noun Pathology.

a lung disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos dust.

Origin of asbestosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1925–30; see origin at asbestos, -osis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for asbestosis

/ (ˌæsbɛsˈtəʊsɪs) /


inflammation of the lungs resulting from chronic inhalation of asbestos particles
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Medicine definitions for asbestosis

[ ăs′bĕs-tōsĭs, ăz′- ]


Pneumoconiosis due to prolonged inhalation of asbestos particles.
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Science definitions for asbestosis

[ ăs′bĕs-tōsĭs ]

A chronic, progressive lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of asbestos particles.
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