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byssinosis Syllabification: bys·si·no·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌbisəˈnōsəs/

Definition of byssinosis in English:


A lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of textile fiber dust.
Example sentences
  • This drop - sometimes accompanied by symptoms of byssinosis - is greatest on Monday (or the 1st day back to work after a break), and may disappear later in the work week.
  • Endotoxin - already proven to be strongly associated with byssinosis among workers exposed to cotton dust - was also present in the Indian jute mill studied.
  • One epidemiologic study found that cotton mill workers with byssinosis had increased nonspecific airway hyperresponsiveness compared with coworkers without byssinosis in the same mill.


Late 19th century: from Latin byssinus 'made of byssus' (from Greek bussinos) + -osis.

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