a chronic disease of the lungs, characterized by diffuse fibrosis and caused by the continued inhalation of silica dust
Origin of silicosisModL: see silico- and amp; -osis
A disease of the lungs caused by continued inhalation of the dust of siliceous minerals and characterized by progressive fibrosis and a chronic shortness of breath.
(countable and uncountable, plural silicoses)
New Latin, from silica + -osis. First known use was in 1881.