Byssinosis definition

bĭsĭ-nōsĭs
An occupational respiratory disease caused by the long-term inhalation of cotton, flax, or hemp dust and characterized by shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.
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An occupational respiratory disease caused by the long-term inhalation of cotton, flax, or hemp dust and characterized by shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.
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A lung disease, caused by exposure to cotton dust in inadequately ventilated working environments.
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Origin of byssinosis

  • Late Latin byssinum linen garment (from Latin byssus linen cloth byssus) –osis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin byssinum (“linen cloth”) via byssus + New Latin -osis.

    From Wiktionary