Definitions for byssinosisˌbɪs əˈnoʊ sɪs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bys•si•no•sisˌbɪs əˈnoʊ sɪs(n.)
Ref: brown lung.
Origin of byssinosis:
1885–90; < Gk býssin(os) fine flax, linen (=býss(os)byssus+-inos -ine1) + -osis
A lung disease, caused by exposure to cotton dust in inadequately ventilated working environments.
Origin: From byssinum via byssus + New Latin -osis.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A condition of BRONCHOCONSTRICTION resulting from hypersensitive reaction to inhaled dust during the initial processing of cotton, flax, or hemp in the textile industry. Symptoms include wheezing and tightness in the chest.