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from The American HeritageĀ® 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.

Etymologies

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 byssinumĀ ("linen cloth") via byssus + New Latin -osis. (Wiktionary)

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