Grinder's asthma

(Med.) a lung disease produced by the mechanical irritation of the particles of steel and stone given off in the operation of grinding.

See also: Grinder

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The exposure to the latter causes silicosis a lung disease also known as grinder's asthma.
Factory workers led short and miserable lives in their severe environments, known for contracting various maladies, from consumption to "grinder's asthma".