Origin of byssinosis
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- a lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of fibre dust in textile factories
C19: from New Latin, from Greek bussinos of linen (see byssus) + -osis
- A form of pneumoconiosis that affects cotton, flax, and hemp workers and is characterized by symptoms, such as wheezing, that are most severe at the beginning of each work week.brown lung disease
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