Origin of silicosis

First recorded in 1890–95; silic(a) + -osis
Related formssil·i·cot·ic [sil-i-kot-ik] /ˌsɪl ɪˈkɒt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for silicosis


  1. pathol a form of pneumoconiosis caused by breathing in tiny particles of silica, quartz, or slate, and characterized by shortness of breath and fibrotic changes in the tissues of the lungs
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Word Origin and History for silicosis

1881, a hybrid from silicon + -osis.

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silicosis in Medicine


  1. A disease of the lungs caused by continued inhalation of the dust of minerals that contain silica and characterized by progressive fibrosis and a chronic shortness of breath.silicatosis
Related formssil′i•cotic (-kŏtĭk) adj.
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