noun cro·cid·o·lite \krō-ˈsi-də-ˌlīt\

Definition of CROCIDOLITE

:  a lavender-blue or light green mineral of the amphibole group that occurs in silky fibers and in massive form and is a type of asbestos — compare tigereye


German Krokydolith, from Greek krokyd-, krokys nap on cloth (akin to Greek krekein to weave) + German -lith -lite — more at reel
First Known Use: 1835
Medical Dictionary


noun cro·ci·do·lite \ˌkrō-ˈsī-də-ˌlīt, -ˈsid-ə-\

Medical Definition of CROCIDOLITE

:  a purplish blue to greenish mineral of the amphibole group that causes asbestosis and cancer in the form of mesotheliomas—called also blue asbestos


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