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 (no͞o′mō-kō′nē-ō′sĭs, nyo͞o′-)
Any of several, usually occupational diseases of the lungs, such as asbestosis or silicosis, caused by prolonged inhalation of especially mineral or metallic dust particles.

[pneumo- + Greek konis, koniā, dust + -osis.]

pneu′mo·co′ni·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj. & n.


(ˌnjuːməʊˌkəʊnɪˈəʊsɪs) ,




(Pathology) any disease of the lungs or bronchi caused by the inhalation of metallic or mineral particles: characterized by inflammation, cough, and fibrosis
[C19: shortened from pneumonoconiosis, from pneumo- + -coniosis, from Greek konis dust]


(ˌnu məˌkoʊ niˈoʊ sɪs, ˌnyu-)

a lung disease, as anthracosis, asbestosis, or silicosis, caused by the inhalation of particles of coal, asbestos, silica, or similar substances and leading to fibrosis and loss of lung function.
[1880–85; syncopated variant of pneumonoconiosis= pneumono- + Greek kóni(s) dust + -osis]


any of various chronic lung diseases caused by the inhalation of dust particles.
See also: Disease and Illness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pneumoconiosis - chronic respiratory disease caused by inhaling metallic or mineral particles
respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness - a disease affecting the respiratory system
anthracosis, black lung, black lung disease, coal miner's lung - lung disease caused by inhaling coal dust
asbestosis - lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos particles
siderosis - fibrosis of the lung caused by iron dust; occurs among welders and other metal workers
silicosis - a lung disease caused by inhaling particles of silica or quartz or slate
fibrosis - development of excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ


[ˌnjuːməʊˌkəʊnɪˈəʊsɪs] Nneumoconiosis f


n (pl -ses) neumoconiosis f
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In coal workers' pneumoconiosis claims, the employer's notice of denial or acceptance of a claim shall be filed within 30 days of the issuance of the notice of the consensus reading by the commissioner, unless the consensus reading is that no evidence of coal workers' pneumoconiosis exists.
Black lung disease is caused by habitual inhalation of dust and other irritants and is also known as coal workers' pneumoconiosis, since it typically affects coal miners.
Other acquired liabilities include $105 million of workers compensation, $61 million of coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), $13 million of long term disability, and $149 million of environmental.
BACKGROUND: Miners inhaling respirable coal dust (CD) frequently develop coal workers' pneumoconiosis, a dust-associated pneumoconiosis characterized by lung inflammation and variable fibrosis.