pneumoconiosis(redirected from Pneumoconioses)
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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.
pneu′mo·co′ni·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj. & n.
(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]
pneu•mo•co•ni•o•sis(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.
any of various chronic lung diseases caused by the inhalation of dust particles.See also: Disease and Illness
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|Noun||1.||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