from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An occupational respiratory disease caused by the long-term inhalation of cotton, flax, or hemp dust and characterized by shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. Also called brown lung disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lung disease, caused by exposure to cotton dust in inadequately ventilated working environments.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of pneumonoconiosis due to the inhalation of cotton-fibers.
Late Latin byssinum, linen garment (from Latin byssus, linen cloth; see byssus) + -osis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin byssinum ("linen cloth") via byssus + New Latin -osis. (Wiktionary)