Definition of pneumoconiosis in English:

pneumoconiosis

Line breaks: pneumo|coni|osis
Pronunciation: /ˌnjuːmə(ʊ)kəʊnɪˈəʊsɪs
 
/

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
  • A disease of the lungs due to inhalation of dust, characterized by inflammation, coughing, and fibrosis.
    More example sentences
    • The breathing of coal and rock dust causes black lung, the common name given to the lung diseases pneumoconiosis and silicosis.
    • The 77 year old recipient was bed bound with severe emphysema and pneumoconiosis.
    • Among individuals with certified occupational exposures to asbestos in the United States, 20% die of pneumoconiosis.

Origin

late 19th century: from pneumo- 'relating to the lungs' + Greek konis 'dust' + -osis.

More definitions of pneumoconiosis

Definition of pneumoconiosis in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrəˈgāSHən
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space