phossy jaw


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phossy jaw

(ˈfɒsɪ)
n
(Pathology) a gangrenous condition of the lower jawbone caused by prolonged exposure to phosphorus fumes
[C19: phossy, colloquial shortening of phosphorus]
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Evelyn is a teenager living in England in the late 1800s, and after having worked with poisonous materials in a matchstick factory, she has phossy jaw.
Those conditions involved 14-hour days and harsh fines for missed work days, and there were the terrible health implications of working with white phosphorus, which led to phossy jaw and blindness.