Also called industrial disease. a disease caused by the conditions or hazards of a particular occupation.
a trait or tendency that develops among members of a particular profession: Cynicism was thought to be an occupational disease of reporters.
Words nearby occupational disease
Origin of occupational disease
First recorded in 1900–05
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Medical definitions for occupational disease
A pathological condition resulting from a toxic agent, hazard, or repetitive operation encountered during the usual performance of one's occupation.
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Cultural definitions for occupational disease
A disease that is caused by a person's line of work, or occupation. A common occupational disease is carpal tunnel syndrome, which results from repetitive motion.
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