a condition characterized by asthmatic symptoms and acute pneumonitis, caused by inhalation of spores of Coniosporium corticale, a fungus growing under the bark of certain trees; observed in workers engaged in peeling logs.
coniosporosis/co·nio·spo·ro·sis/ (ko″ne-o-spor-o´sis) maple bark disease.
coniosporosis(kō″nē-ō-spō-rō′sĭs) [″ + sporos, seed, + osis, condition]
A hypersensitivity reaction consisting of asthma and pneumonitis caused by breathing the spores of Cryptostroma corticale or Coniosporium corticale. These fungi grow under the bark of some types of trees. Workers who strip the bark from these trees may develop this condition.