Disease, black lung
Lung disease that is the direct result of coal mining. The silica mineral and carbon in the dust raised by coal mining can cause this serious chronic lung disease. Emphysema occurs first, followed by scarring and nodule formation in the lung tissues. Symptoms and breathing function tests can be much worse than the chest X-ray picture would suggest. There is no specific treatment. Also called coal miner’s pneumoconiosis.

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  • black lung — lack lung black lung disease lack lung disease, n. (Med.) the popular name for a form of the chronic lung disease {pneumoconiosis} which is observed among coal miners, and is caused by the inhalation of coal dust. It is thus named because of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • black lung — n pneumoconiosis caused by habitual inhalation of coal dust called also black lung disease compare SILICOSIS * * * coal workers pneumoconiosis …   Medical dictionary

  • black lung — noun uncount OLD FASHIONED a serious disease affecting the lungs, caused by breathing in small pieces of coal over a long period of time. Black lung especially affects people who work in coal mines …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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