Definition: A form of pneumoconiosis resulting from occupational exposure to and inhalation of silica dust over a period of years; characterized by a slowly progressive fibrosis of the lungs, which may result in impairment of lung function; silicosis predisposes to pulmonary tuberculosis.
Synonym(s): pneumosilicosis, silicatosis, stone-mason's disease
[L. silex, flint, + -osis, condition]
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