byssinosis(redirected from mill fever)
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An occupational respiratory disease caused by the long-term inhalation of cotton, flax, or hemp dust and characterized by shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. Also called brown lung disease.
[Late Latin byssinum, linen garment (from Latin byssus, linen cloth; see byssus) + -osis.]
(Pathology) a lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of fibre dust in textile factories
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek bussinos of linen (see byssus) + -osis]
a chronic lung disease of textile workers caused by inhalation of cotton dust and other fine fibers. Also called byssinosis.