byssinosis definition

  • noun:
    • An occupational breathing infection brought on by the lasting inhalation of cotton, flax, or hemp dust and characterized by difficulty breathing, coughing, and wheezing. Also referred to as brown lung disease.
    • A lung condition, due to exposure to cotton dust in inadequately ventilated working surroundings.
    • a type of pneumonoconiosis because of the inhalation of cotton-fibers.

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