Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Definition


(nonce word) A factitious disease of the lungs, allegedly caused by inhaling microscopic silicate particles originating from eruption of a volcano.


Origin of Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

  • Coined by Everett K Smith, President of the National Puzzlers’ League, at their convention in 1935, from Ancient Greek πνεύμων (pneumōn, “lung”) + Latin ultra (“beyond”) + English microscopic + silico- + volcano + Ancient Greek κόνις (konis, “dust”) + English -osis as an extension of the medical term pneumonoconiosis.

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