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brown lung

noun, Pathology
a debilitating lung disease resembling emphysema, occurring among textile workers from inhalation of cotton dust.
Also called byssinosis. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Tens of thousands of workers die each year from long-term effects of such occupational diseases as asbestosis and brown lung.
  • brown lung disease develops when cotton mill workers inhale tiny fragments of cotton-boll leaves.
  • brown lung, the cotton dust disease, has been virtually eliminated.
  • Many suffered from brown lung disease caused by the cotton fibers.

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