Complete Definition of "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis"

English

Alternative spellings
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis

Etymology
Coined by Everett K Smith, President of the w:National Puzzlers' League|National Puzzlersâ League, at their convention in 1935, from AGr. term|ÏνεÏμονοÏ|trpneúmonos||of the lung|langel + L. term|ultra||beyond|langla + E. term|microscopic|langen + term|silico-|langen + term|volcano|langen + AGr. term|κÏνιÏ|trkónis||dust|langel + E. term|-osis|lang=en.

Pronunciation
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Noun
en-noun|pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses

  1. context|nonce A hypothetical, invented disease of the lungs, caused by inhaling mineral or metallic dust, such as silicon and quartzite, over a long period of time.

Quotations
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Usage notes
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The Oxford English Dictionary lists pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis as âa factitious word alleged to mean âa lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust usually found in volcanosâ but occurring chiefly as an instance of a very long wordâ.<ref name="OED-pronstress&usage"/>

This word was invented purely to be a contender for the title of the longest word in the English language, comprising forty-five letters. The word is not in official medical usage, and textbooks refer to this disease as pneumonoconiosis, pneumoconiosis, or silicosis.

; Other contenders for the title of âthe longest word in the English languageâ
hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia â 35 letters
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious â 34 letters
floccinaucinihilipilificatious â 30 letters
floccinaucinihilipilification â 29 letters
antidisestablishmentarianism â 28 letters
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  • 2007-12-03 08:26 - SemperBlotto - Reverted edits by [[Special:Contributions/202.45.119.133|202.45.119.133]] ([[User_talk:202.45.119.133|Talk]]); changed back to last version by [[User:Doremítzwr|Doremítzwr]]

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