Silica, Crystalline

R. J. Southard, X. Li, E. A. Eisen, Kent E Pinkerton

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The most common form of crystalline silica found in nature is quartz. Quartz is often a constituent of mineral dust. Most human exposure to crystalline silica occurs in the workplace. Silicosis, caused by the inhalation of crystalline silica, is the oldest known occupational lung disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Toxicology
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123864543
ISBN (Print)9780123864550
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Abrasives
  • Amorphous
  • Bricks
  • Coesite
  • Concrete
  • Cristobalite
  • Crystalline silica
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Gravel
  • Limestone
  • Mortar
  • Plaster
  • Pottery clay
  • Quartz
  • Refractory materials
  • Shale
  • Silica flower
  • Silicon
  • Silicosis
  • Slate
  • Stishovite
  • Tridymite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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