brown lung

noun Pathology.
a debilitating lung disease resembling emphysema, occurring among textile workers from inhalation of cotton dust.
Also called byssinosis.
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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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