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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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While most of the last series was devoted to the courtship of Monica and Chandler, the tried-and-tested Geller and Green storyline has now been dusted down and revamped, with a few new twists.
I dusted down the old boots and - I tell you what - the magic is still there.
Dusted down and taken off the shelf, here's yet another spooky offering about the end of the world.
One in six has planted a vegetable patch in the back garden or taken an allotment, while others have dusted down sewing machines to create their own outfits.
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The Ken Eaton Memorial Trophy, which used to be played for annually between the referees and a local club, was dusted down after a few years in Pete Llewellyn's attic and presented by Gwyn to Society team captain, Russell Brayshaw.
With promotion and relegation decided today the two best footballers in the business have dusted down their boots after the winter hibernation and are out gunning for glory.
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BLACK ties and ball gowns are being dusted down ahead of a charity event in aid of a Birmingham hospice.
Mr Kelly said: "Policing cannot be put on the shelf to be dusted down in a united Ireland.