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anthracosis


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The variety of pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation and deposition in the lungs of respirable particles of coal dust; an occupational disease of coal miners, commonly known as black lung because at autopsy the lungs are black and the condition causes chronic cough with black sputum. Coal dust containing silica, commonly found in many coal mines, causes the more severe condition of silicoanthracosis (also called anthracosilicosis).

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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