Definition of black lung in English:

black lung

Syllabification: black lung

noun

chiefly North American
  • Pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of coal dust.
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    • Many people became miners to make a living and thousands died of miner's diseases such as black lung and silicosis.
    • A federal fund created in 1977 to pay coal miners who developed black lung was funded with a tax on mining companies.
    • The coal that powers our industries - bringing cheap textiles, central heating, and fresh fruit into our lives - also causes black lung, mine disasters, and acid rain.

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