Anthracosis is often asymptomatic, and not resulting in intense cellular reaction. However, the condition may progress to more serious forms of pneumonoconiosis, such as the complicated coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) or the progressive massive fibrosis (PMF).
Word origin: anthrac- meaning coal, carbon + -osis, condition.
Related forms: anthracotic (adjective).
Related terms: pulmonary anthracosis