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Definitions for asbestosis
ˌæs bɛˈstoʊ sɪs, ˌæz-as·besto·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asbestosisnoun

    lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos particles


  1. asbestosisnoun

    A chronic, inflammatory lung disease caused by long-term, heavy exposure to asbestos.

  2. Etymology: From asbestos + -osis


  1. asbestosis

    Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by prolonged exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers. These fibers can cause scarring of lung tissue and shortness of breath. Asbestosis symptoms can range from mild to severe, and usually don't appear until many years after continued exposure. It's primarily a work-related lung disease, with potential complications like lung cancer and mesothelioma. Currently, there is no cure for asbestosis.


  1. Asbestosis

    Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory and fibrotic medical condition affecting the parenchymal tissue of the lungs caused by the inhalation and retention of asbestos fibers. It usually occurs after high intensity and/or long-term exposure to asbestos and is therefore regarded as an occupational lung disease. People with extensive occupational exposure to the mining, manufacturing, handling, or removal of asbestos are at risk of developing asbestosis. Sufferers may experience severe dyspnea and are at an increased risk for certain malignancies, including lung cancer but especially mesothelioma. Asbestosis specifically refers to interstitial fibrosis from asbestos, and not pleural fibrosis or plaquing.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Asbestosis

    A form of pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers which elicit potent inflammatory responses in the parenchyma of the lung. The disease is characterized by interstitial fibrosis of the lung, varying from scattered sites to extensive scarring of the alveolar interstitium.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of asbestosis in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of asbestosis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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