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black lung

pneumoconiosis of coal miners, caused by coal dust; anthracosis.
Origin of black lung
1905-10 Unabridged
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  • The permanent inhalation of such an atmosphere results in what is termed the “black lung.”

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black lung

another name for pneumoconiosis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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black lung in Medicine

black lung n.
A form of pneumoconiosis common in coal miners, characterized by the deposit of carbon particles in the lungs.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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black lung in Science
black lung  
An occupational disease of coal miners caused by the long-term inhalation of coal dust, characterized by the presence of coal around the bronchioles on x-ray images. Most patients develop no symptoms, but a few advance to progressive obstruction of the airways and destruction of lung tissue with accompanying shortness of breath and eventual respiratory disability.
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black lung in Culture

black lung definition

A chronic disease of the lungs caused by inhaling coal dust over long periods. Common among coal miners, black lung is an examle of an occupational disease.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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