- 1A heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in fire-resistant and insulating materials such as brake linings: asbestos was used for pipe insulation [as modifier]: asbestos shinglesMore example sentences
- The inhalation of amphibole asbestos is now widely recognized as being highly dangerous to human health.
- But his lungs lost the battle for health years ago when he worked with blue asbestos fibres, insulating for the telephone company.
- One of the varieties is the dangerous blue asbestos, crocidolite.
- 1.1Fabric containing asbestos.More example sentences
- We eventually had to make special asbestos cloth covers for the footwell to stop the fried foot problem.
- The floor is covered with thick black linoleum and the walls are acoustically treated with an asbestos compound.
- However, the outside walls were never plastered and asbestos was the material used for the roof.
The asbestos minerals include chrysotile ( white asbestos) and several kinds of amphibole, notably amosite ( brown asbestos) and crocidolite ( blue asbestos). The danger to health caused by breathing in highly carcinogenic asbestos particles has led to stringent control of its use
early 17th century: via Latin from Greek asbestos 'unquenchable' (applied by Dioscurides to quicklime), from a- 'not' + sbestos (from sbennumi 'quench').
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