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crocidolite

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noun cro·cid·o·lite \krō-ˈsi-də-ˌlīt\

Definition of crocidolite

  1. :  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



Origin and Etymology of crocidolite

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


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crocidolite

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

Medical Definition of crocidolite

  1. :  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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