crocidolite


cro·cid·o·lite

noun \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

Origin 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

cro·ci·do·lite

noun \ˌkrō-ˈsī-də-ˌlīt, -ˈsid-ə-\   (Medical Dictionary)

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

crocidolite

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Gray-blue to green, highly fibrous (asbestiform) form of the amphibole mineral riebeckite. It has higher tensile strength than chrysotile asbestos. The major commercial source is South Africa, where it occurs in Precambrian banded-iron formations; it is also found in Australia and Bolivia.

Variants of CROCIDOLITE

crocidolite or blue asbestos

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