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[mass noun] A lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of textile fibre dust.
- ‘One epidemiologic study found that cotton mill workers with byssinosis had increased nonspecific airway hyperresponsiveness compared with coworkers without byssinosis in the same mill.’
- ‘Endotoxin - already proven to be strongly associated with byssinosis among workers exposed to cotton dust - was also present in the Indian jute mill studied.’
- ‘The questionnaire was based on his byssinosis study and emphasized work-related symptoms such as chest tightness, cough, sputum production, breathlessness, day of occurrence, duration, and relationship with work.’
- ‘This drop - sometimes accompanied by symptoms of byssinosis - is greatest on Monday (or the 1st day back to work after a break), and may disappear later in the work week.’
- ‘Some investigators have found evidence of byssinosis among jute mill workers, others have found no evidence, and some results were inconclusive.’
Late 19th century: from Latin byssinus made of byssus (from Greek bussinos) + -osis.
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