Meaning of byssinosis in English:

byssinosis

Pronunciation /ˌbɪsɪˈnəʊsɪs/

See synonyms for byssinosis

noun

mass noun
  • A lung disease caused by prolonged inhalation of textile fibre dust.

    ‘This drop - sometimes accompanied by symptoms of byssinosis - is greatest on Monday (or the 1st day back to work after a break), and may disappear later in the work week.’
    • ‘Endotoxin - already proven to be strongly associated with byssinosis among workers exposed to cotton dust - was also present in the Indian jute mill studied.’
    • ‘One epidemiologic study found that cotton mill workers with byssinosis had increased nonspecific airway hyperresponsiveness compared with coworkers without byssinosis in the same mill.’
    • ‘Some investigators have found evidence of byssinosis among jute mill workers, others have found no evidence, and some results were inconclusive.’
    • ‘The questionnaire was based on his byssinosis study and emphasized work-related symptoms such as chest tightness, cough, sputum production, breathlessness, day of occurrence, duration, and relationship with work.’

Origin

Late 19th century from Latin byssinus ‘made of byssus’ (from Greek bussinos) + -osis.