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fine, dry particles of earth or any other substance small enough to be blown by the wind. See also coniosis and pneumoconiosis.
blood dust hemoconia.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. Fine, dry particles of matter.
2. A cloud of fine, dry particles.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Occupational medicine A suspension of solid particles in air. See Coal dust, Inhalant, Nonasbestos dust, Nuclear dust.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Patient discussion about dust

Q. My friend told me that people who allergic to dust are actually allergic to small insect. Is he fooling with me?

A. thanks :)

Q. how exactly dust effects on asthmatic people? how can one avoid a dust environment?

A. some people try to dust proof there home,they change there matress once a year-----thay do not have rugs in there home---no curtains or draps --and they have someone else dust and clean/no pets.some people keep there pets and take allergie meds.

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The piles of gifts would collect dust and I'd end up feeling ill while everyone else had a great time.
Twenty-five index cards designed to collect dust, carpet fibers, animal hair, skin cells, dog hair, and any unknown particles were equally distributed throughout five different rooms in a household.
The intent of the "clean area design" guidelines is to minimize areas that will trap and/or collect dust, establish visual control, and facilitate cleaning of the facilities.
Large, heavy, or bulky manuals often collect dust on shelves or remain inside lockers when needed on the street.
* Shaping the outside bore not to collect dust, etc., while modifying the housing to protect the interface gasket-pump;
USDA researchers have applied for a patent on their system, which uses a negative electrostatic charge to collect dust particles in hatching cabinets.
During or after secondary operations, labels sometimes shift on a part or collect dust at their edges, making them difficult to clean.
Shermbeck helped Sepulveda and his neighbors collect dust samples in their homes and conduct their own tests.
Wax–impregnated cotton fibres grab and collect dust like a magnet.
As a means of encouraging kids to read it works wonderfully well, but may quickly collect dust if more books aren't introduced.