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occupational disease

Definition of Occupational Disease

(noun) A disease caused by conditions of one’s occupation, such as exposure to toxic substances or repetitive motion.

Example of Occupational Disease

  • Office and factory workers are at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Occupational Disease Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˌɑkjəˈpeɪʃən(ə)l dɪˈziːz/
    • British English
      • /ˌɒkjᵿˈpeɪʃn̩(ə)l dɪˈziːz/
      • /ˌɒkjᵿˈpeɪʃən(ə)l dɪˈziːz/
  • Syllabification: (oc·cu·pa·tion·al dis·ease)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: occupational diseases
  • An occupational disease can lead to a disability.
  • Also called industrial disease.

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Cite the Definition of Occupational Disease

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “occupational disease.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/occupational-disease/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

occupational disease. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/occupational-disease/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “occupational disease.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/occupational-disease/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“occupational disease.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/occupational-disease/>.