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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.

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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 Polytex 1.22 installed by Thorne collects dust from six separate downdraught benches used in the trim shop for cutting and fettling a range of fibre reinforced resin systems.
Currently, the motion for the ordinance is sitting in City Hall; while it collects dust, partisans on both sides have withdrawn their support from the agreement.
Designed with a low profile, DCH collects dust, fumes, and smoke from grinding, graphite machining, welding tool rooms, and maintenance departments using the Vibra-Pulse filter cleaning system.
Because the cylinder collects dust and in other ways slightly changes mass with age--and might be lost or stolen--the stewards of the world's measurement system are eagerly seeking a new standard based on a carbon atom's mass or other fixed quantity of the atomic world (SN: 9/24/94, p.
The new unit collects dust created during manual dumping of bulk materials from bags, boxes, drums and other containers and discharges bulk material by weight.
The Cleanaer air purifier produces a fine spray which collects dust, pollen and smoke particles and removes them from the air.