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Lung melanosis

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Definition

noun

The blackening of the lung tissue, especially, in coal pneumoconiosis


Supplement

The blackening of the lungs can be caused by the deposition of carbon or coal dust particles as a result of the continued inhalation of coal dust mine or other black particles.


Word origin: melanosis, becoming black.

Synonyms: pneumomelanosis

See also: anthracosis, black lung disease.