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black lung

noun
1.
pneumoconiosis of coal miners, caused by coal dust; anthracosis.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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British Dictionary definitions for black lung

black lung

noun
1.
another name for pneumoconiosis
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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.

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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.

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Encyclopedia Article for black lung

respiratory disorder, a type of pneumoconiosis caused by repeated inhalation of coal dust over a period of years. The disease gets its name from a distinctive blue-black marbling of the lung caused by accumulation of the dust. Georgius Agricola, a German mineralogist, first described lung disease in coal miners in the 16th century, and it is now widely recognized. It may be the best known occupational illness in the United States.

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