Byssinosis

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byssinosis

[¦bīs·ə′nō·səs]
(medicine)
A pneumoconiosis caused by the inhalation of cotton dust. Also known as brown lung disease.

Byssinosis

 

a pulmonary disease, related to the pneumoconiosis group of conditions which arise from prolonged inspiration of cotton dust. Byssinosis may develop in workers at flax processing plants. It is distinguished from other forms of pneumoconiosis by the presence of bronchitis and emphysema accompanied by very weak development of connective tissues.