noun Pathology.

Origin of byssinosis

1885–90; < Greek býssin(os) fine flax, linen (equivalent to býss(os) byssus + -inos -ine1) + -osis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for byssinosis



a lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of fibre dust in textile factories

Word Origin for byssinosis

C19: from New Latin, from Greek bussinos of linen (see byssus) + -osis
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byssinosis in Medicine




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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