from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disease of the lungs caused by continued inhalation of the dust of siliceous minerals and characterized by progressive fibrosis and a chronic shortness of breath.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A disease of the lungs caused by the inhalation of crystalline silica dust.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pneumonoconiosis in which the particles are of flint: same as chalicosis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a lung disease caused by inhaling particles of silica or quartz or slate
Fortunately wafer production does not require large amounts of silicon, which is good because exposure to silicon in mines or factories at greater levels can lead to respiratory problems and an incurable lung disease known as silicosis.
This disease, known as silicosis or "mal de mines", is the most common occupational disease in mining.
An example is the enlargement and, at times, failure of the right ventricle which may appear in certain chronic pulmonary diseases, among them silicosis, which is a threat in certain occupations, and emphysema.
"Inhaling silica into your respiratory system can lead to a deadly, chronic lung disease called silicosis that can damage the lungs and heart," Alvarez said.
This, too, is less than 1% of all the "silicosis" claims made in Texas.
People would suffer from pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (or really what it is called "silicosis" LOL) and eventually die.
According to experts, "Inhaling silica into your respiratory system can lead to a deadly, chronic lung disease called silicosis that can damage the lungs and heart.
The blasting sends dust, containing silica from the shale and granite, skyward and if inhaled can lead to silicosis, which are obstructions on the lungs that block the flow of oxygen into the blood.
"This causes the famous silicosis that miners have," Rivadeneira said matter-of-factly.
The two men were deeply affected when they visited an American-owned copper mine in Chile and met workers toiling for pennies and suffering from silicosis.