silicosis

[sil-i-koh-sis]
noun Pathology.
a disease of the lungs caused by the inhaling of siliceous particles, as by stonecutters.

Origin:
1890–95; silic(a) + -osis

silicotic [sil-i-kot-ik] , adjective
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silicosis (ˌsɪlɪˈkəʊsɪs)
 
n
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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silicosis sil·i·co·sis (sĭl'ĭ-kō'sĭs)
n.
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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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.
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