pneumoconiosis of coal miners, caused by coal dust; anthracosis.
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Origin of black lung
First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for black lung
another name for pneumoconiosis
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Medical definitions for black lung
A form of pneumoconiosis common in coal miners, characterized by the deposit of carbon particles in the lungs.
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Scientific definitions for 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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Cultural definitions for black lung
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