Definition of byssinosis in English:


Line breaks: bys¦sin|osis
Pronunciation: /ˌbɪsɪˈnəʊsɪs


[mass noun]
  • A lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of textile fibre dust.
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    • 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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