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[as-be-stoh-sis, az-] /ˌæs bɛˈstoʊ sɪs, ˌæz-/
noun, Pathology
a lung disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos dust.
Origin of asbestosis
1925-30; < New Latin; see asbestos, -osis Unabridged
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Examples from the web for asbestosis
  • We've figured out asbestosis in insulation workers, and how it leads to cancer.
  • Tens of thousands of workers die each year from long-term effects of such occupational diseases as asbestosis and brown lung.
  • Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath and a dry, crackling sound in the lungs while inhaling.
  • asbestosis is the only major pneumoconiosis to demonstrate increased mortality.
  • When you have asbestosis your heart has to work harder to get enough oxygenated blood to the rest of your body's cells.
British Dictionary definitions for asbestosis


inflammation of the lungs resulting from chronic inhalation of asbestos particles
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asbestosis in Medicine

asbestosis as·bes·to·sis (ās'běs-tō'sĭs, āz'-)
Pneumoconiosis due to prolonged inhalation of asbestos particles.

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asbestosis in Science
A chronic, progressive lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of asbestos particles.
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