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black lung

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noun
  1. 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

black lung

noun
  1. another name for pneumoconiosis
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black lung in Medicine

black lung

n.
  1. A form of pneumoconiosis common in coal miners, characterized by the deposit of carbon particles in the lungs.
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black lung in Science

black lung

  1. 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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black lung in Culture

black lung

A chronic disease of the lungs caused by inhaling coal dust over long periods. Common among coal miners, black lung is an example of an occupational disease.

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