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Coal miners lung

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Definition

noun

An occupational lung disease common among coal miners, which is caused by the accumulation of carbon in the lungs from the prolonged exposure to smoke or coal dust particles; anthracosis.


Supplement

This disease is common among coal miners who are exposed to coal dust for a long time. The lungs contain heavy deposits of coal or carbon around the bronchioles based on x-ray images. The disease is often asymptomatic but may lead to more serious forms of the disease in which the lung tissues are destroyed and the airways are obstructed.


Variants: coal miner's lung or coal miners' lung

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