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 (no͞o′mō-kō′nē-ō′sĭs, nyo͞o′-)
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.

[pneumo- + Greek konis, koniā, dust + -osis.]

pneu′mo·co′ni·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj. & n.
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(ˌnjuːməʊˌkəʊnɪˈəʊsɪs) ,




(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]
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(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.
[1880–85; syncopated variant of pneumonoconiosis= pneumono- + Greek kóni(s) dust + -osis]
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any of various chronic lung diseases caused by the inhalation of dust particles.
See also: Disease and Illness
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
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[ˌnjuːməʊˌkəʊnɪˈəʊsɪs] Nneumoconiosis f
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n (pl -ses) neumoconiosis f
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