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[sil-i-koh-sis] /ˌsɪl ɪˈkoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology
a disease of the lungs caused by the inhaling of siliceous particles, as by stonecutters.
Origin of silicosis
1890-95; silic(a) + -osis
Related forms
[sil-i-kot-ik] /ˌsɪl ɪˈkɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for silicosis
  • Rumors of possible silicosis were bandied by the news for the first few days, everyone wore masks.
  • Inhalation of silica dust can cause silicosis among workers in sandblasting, quarrying, and stonecutting.
British Dictionary definitions for silicosis


(pathol) a form of pneumoconiosis caused by breathing in tiny particles of silica, quartz, or slate, and characterized by shortness of breath and fibrotic changes in the tissues of the lungs
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Word Origin and History for silicosis

1881, a hybrid from silicon + -osis.

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silicosis in Medicine

silicosis sil·i·co·sis (sĭl'ĭ-kō'sĭs)
A disease of the lungs caused by continued inhalation of the dust of minerals that contain silica and characterized by progressive fibrosis and a chronic shortness of breath. Also called silicatosis.

sil'i·cot'ic (-kŏt'ĭk) adj.
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