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Definition of CHRYSOTILE
: a mineral consisting of a fibrous silky variety of serpentine and constituting a common form and principal source of asbestos
Origin of CHRYSOTILE
German Chrysotil, from chrys- + -til fiber, from Greek tillein to pluck
First Known Use: 1850
Fibrous variety of the magnesium silicate mineral serpentine; it is the most important asbestos mineral. Individual fibres are white and silky, but the aggregate in veins is usually green or yellowish. Chrysotile fibres have a high tensile strength, similar to that of other asbestos minerals (seeamphibole asbestos). The largest deposits of chrysotile are in Quebec and in the Ural Mountains.