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
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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