building sickness


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building sickness

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

sick′ build′ing syn`drome


n.
an illness caused by exposure to pollutants or germs inside an airtight building.
[1980–85]
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Unitl now, scientists didn't know how to classify Stachybotrys chartarum, the black mold that can grow in humid, indoor environments and is often associated with "building sickness." But an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist recently found that the toxin-producing fungus constitutes a brand-new family within the order Hypocreales.
Nurses at West Midlands NHS Direct have been struck by a mysterious 'building sickness' linked to the call centre where they work.

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