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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: sil-i-ko'sis

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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