asbestos

noun
as·​bes·​tos | \ as-ˈbe-stəs How to pronounce asbestos (audio) , az- \

Definition of asbestos

: any of several minerals (such as chrysotile) that readily separate into long flexible fibers, that cause asbestosis and have been implicated as causes of certain cancers, and that have been used especially formerly as fireproof insulating materials

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A grayish mineral that separates readily into long, flexible fibers, asbestos was used in the past to make brake linings, insulation, roofing shingles, floor and ceiling tiles, cement pipes, and other building materials. Asbestos fabrics were used for safety apparel and theater curtains. In the 1970s, it was found that prolonged inhalation of the tiny asbestos fibers can cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and other serious lung diseases. In 1989, the US Government instituted a gradual ban on the manufacture, use, and export of most products made with asbestos.

Examples of asbestos in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Contractors left asbestos pipe exposed in a dumpster along Marlboro Street behind Veterans Memorial Stadium in May 2018. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2022 Teardowns are typically older homes, and they might have been built with hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead paint. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Your inspector should ensure there is no lead paint or asbestos present, as well as checking smoke and radon detectors and other safety features. Ryan Serhant, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Officials said some of the old buildings were compromised by asbestos and lead paint and were well past their lifespans. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 City employees moved into the building for a few weeks between December 2019 and January 2020, but asbestos violations issued by San Diego County regulators forced an evacuation and the property has been vacant since. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 Concerns about asbestos made the towers’ ventilation system unusable, and residents complained about mold and incessant leaks during rainstorms. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 Karahalios said an asbestos problem was a major factor in vacating the apartments last fall. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 With asbestos hazards out of the way, Emmett installed new subflooring and topped it with new hardwood. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of asbestos

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for asbestos

Middle English albeston mineral supposed to be inextinguishable when set on fire, probably from Middle French abeston, from Medieval Latin asbeston, alteration of Latin asbestos, from Greek, unslaked lime, from asbestos inextinguishable, from a- + sbennynai to quench

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“Asbestos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asbestos. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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asbestos

noun
as·​bes·​tos | \ as-ˈbes-təs How to pronounce asbestos (audio) , az- \

Kids Definition of asbestos

: a grayish mineral that separates easily into long flexible fibers and has been used especially in the past in making fireproof materials

asbestos

noun
as·​bes·​tos | \ as-ˈbes-təs How to pronounce asbestos (audio) , az- How to pronounce asbestos (audio) \

Medical Definition of asbestos

: any of several minerals that readily separate into long flexible fibers, that cause asbestosis and have been implicated as causes of certain cancers, and that have been used especially formerly as fireproof insulating materials

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