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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 last offers tales of priceless art scooped up during Japan's bubble era shopping jag and now gathering dust in waterfront warehouses, of the post-bubble's human detritus displaced by under-the-cherry-blossom revelers in Ueno Park, of the risutora-nigeya, specialists in the clandestine relocation of families of breadwinners "restructured" and now forced to flee creditors.
Condemned to a life gathering dust in the attic or carted off to the charity shop.
Initially the diptych might seem a departure from Lawler's usual photographic metier: Rather than picture works of art displayed like so many trophies in Park Avenue living rooms or crated up in storage gathering dust, here she has chosen to represent the equipment of representation itself--that is, the little-considered equipment of banal, photo-based technologies and their equally mundane archives.
These typically paint a portrait of computers gathering dust in the back of classrooms or used primarily as extraordinarily expensive typewriters.
They know that they cannot possibly hope to recoup their investment if the system sits idle, gathering dust.
Representatives from the archive are travelling into the heart of communities across Wales in search of lost or undiscovered film treasures that may be gathering dust in people's attics.
The Wall Street Journal recently ran a column by Adam Cohen revealing that an ambitious scheme for renewing Baghdad had been gathering dust for nearly 50 years, a plan drawn up by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Deborah Gangloff: The corridors of American schools are lined with pale pine stilted trophy cases gathering dust. I know because with my 30 years of moving within the schools' systems I came [upon] those same dreary stilted cases with their same crass tarnishing trophies.
Take the time to identify products that are gathering dust. They're money sitting on your shelves.
There is a genre of literature that for the last few hundred years has been gathering dust in the world's great libraries.
Still, if you're confused by caraway, you've got three jars of turmeric gathering dust in your spice rack, or you've always wanted to try out nigella, this book is a great place to start.