Definition of silicosis in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • Lung fibrosis caused by the inhalation of dust containing silica.

    • ‘Patients with silicosis are at increased risk of contracting tuberculosis.’
    • ‘For those that don't know, silicosis is an occupational lung disease that can be fatal.’
    • ‘In the concentration camp he had contracted silicosis, a lung disease similar to a combination of tuberculosis and emphysema from breathing in the fine dust that filtered through the cracks in the walls and floors.’
    • ‘He had worked in a brickyard for years and got silicosis from the dust in his lungs.’
    • ‘The breathing of coal and rock dust causes black lung, the common name given to the lung diseases pneumoconiosis and silicosis.’