- any chronic lung disease, including anthracosis, asbestosis, and silicosis, caused by the inhalation of particles of coal, asbestos, silica, or similar substances and leading to fibrosis and loss of lung function.
Origin of pneumoconiosis
First recorded in 1880–85; syncopated variant of pneumonoconiosis
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- any disease of the lungs or bronchi caused by the inhalation of metallic or mineral particles: characterized by inflammation, cough, and fibrosis
Word Origin for pneumoconiosis
C19: shortened from pneumonoconiosis, from pneumo- + -coniosis, from Greek konis dust
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- A disease of the lungs, such as asbestosis or silicosis, caused by long-term inhalation of particulate matter, especially mineral or metallic dust.
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- A disease of the lungs, such as asbestosis or black lung, caused by chronic inhalation of especially mineral or metallic dust.
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