silicosis [sil-i-koh-sis] Word Origin noun Pathology.

  1. a disease of the lungs caused by the inhaling of siliceous particles, as by stonecutters.

Origin of silicosis First recorded in 1890–95; silic(a) + -osis Related formssil·i·cot·ic [sil-i-kot-ik] /ˌsɪl ɪˈkɒt ɪk/, adjective British Dictionary definitions for silicosis silicosis noun

  1. pathol a form of pneumoconiosis caused by breathing in tiny particles of silica, quartz, or slate, and characterized by shortness of breath and fibrotic changes in the tissues of the lungs

Word Origin and History for silicosis n.

1881, a hybrid from silicon + -osis.

silicosis in Medicine silicosis [sĭl′ĭ-kō′sĭs] n.

  1. A disease of the lungs caused by continued inhalation of the dust of minerals that contain silica and characterized by progressive fibrosis and a chronic shortness of breath.silicatosis

Related formssil′i•cot′ic (-kŏt′ĭk) adj.

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