Black lungs

black lung

noun
pneumoconiosis of coal miners, caused by coal dust; anthracosis.

Origin:
1905–10

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black lung
 
n
another name for pneumoconiosis

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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  
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 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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