from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chronic, progressive lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of asbestos particles.

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  • n. A chronic, inflammatory lung disease caused by long-term, heavy exposure to asbestos.

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  • n. lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos particles


asbest(os) + -osis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From asbestos + -osis (Wiktionary)


  • Chronic (long-term) inhalation exposure to asbestos in humans can lead to a lung disease termed asbestosis, which is a diffuse fibrous scarring of the lungs.

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  • It was at this point that he was diagnosed as having asbestosis, which is a lung disease that is caused through exposure to asbestos dust and fibers.

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  • No one else claiming "asbestosis" has yet filed a pulmonology report showing diminished lung capacity.

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  • Individuals who worked in Virginia auto factories, power plants, mills, chemical plants, refineries or shipyards may be at risk for an asbestos-related disease, such as asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma.

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  • Asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis and the deadly cancer mesothelioma, can take decades to show up after exposure.

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  • Asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, can take decades to show up after exposure.

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  • Proponents of an extension of this time period argue that asbestos illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma often develop more than 10 years after exposure to asbestos.

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  • Individuals who have been affected by asbestos exposure or who have developed asbestos-related health issues such as asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma cancer are encouraged to stay abreast of current developments in the field of mesothelioma litigation.

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  • Litigation doctors found that approximately 1,000,000 of those screened had the requisite condition that could qualify for compensation, such as asbestosis, silicosis, moderate mitral or mild aortic value regurgitation or a neurological disorder.



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