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chrysotile

Line breaks: chryso|tile
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪsə(ʊ)tʌɪl
 
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Definition of chrysotile in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A fibrous form of the mineral serpentine. Also called white asbestos.
Example sentences
  • A more insidious and difficult problem presented by asbestos dust is the link with cancer, and here again asbestiform amphibole has proved a more toxic mineral pathogen than chrysotile.
  • Asbestos, a fibrous hydrous silicate mineral, exists in 6 forms for industrial use: actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and tremolite.
  • Gibbs concluded that the different prevalences of pleural calcification in some mining areas might be related to a mineral closely associated with chrysotile, such as mica or talc.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek khrusos 'gold' + tilos 'fibre'.

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