chrys·​o·​tile | \ ˈkri-sə-ˌtī(-ə)l How to pronounce chrysotile (audio) \

Definition of chrysotile

: a mineral consisting of a fibrous silky variety of serpentine and constituting a common form and principal source of asbestos

Examples of chrysotile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blue water now fills the Jeffrey Mine, where workers mined tons of chrysotile asbestos, providing crucial material for fire insulation, including equipment for soldiers of two world wars. Marie Fazio New York Times, Star Tribune, "Quebec town of Asbestos votes to detoxify its name," 21 Oct. 2020 The town was built up around the massive Jeffrey Mine, once the largest opencast chrysotile asbestos mine in the world. Washington Post, "‘Asbestos’ no more: Canadian town opts for less carcinogenic name," 20 Oct. 2020 Diamond mines aren’t the only places where such studies are underway; another is the Woodsreef chrysotile mine in New South Wales in Australia. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Industrial waste can turn planet-warming carbon dioxide into stone," 3 Sep. 2020 Other teams have shown that the carbonates can also trap hazardous residual asbestos fibers in chrysotile mine tailings. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Industrial waste can turn planet-warming carbon dioxide into stone," 3 Sep. 2020 Dorothy is awoken from her sleep in a poppy field by falling snow—actually industrial-grade chrysotile, commonly known as asbestos, and highly carcinogenic. The Economist, "Making white Christmases A short history of Hollywood snow business," 12 Dec. 2019 The recall came in response to an FDA test that found low levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination in samples from a bottle purchased online, according to the company. Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, "New lab tests didn't find asbestos in recalled baby powder, Johnson & Johnson says," 29 Oct. 2019 The regulator found trace levels of chrysotile asbestos in samples taken from a bottle of baby powder purchased from an online retailer, Johnson & Johnson said., "Johnson & Johnson recalls asbestos-tainted baby powder - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 According to the release, a test conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the presence of sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination (no greater than 0.00002%) in samples from a single bottle purchased online. Korin Miller,, "Johnson & Johnson Recalls 33,000 Bottles of Baby Powder After Asbestos is Found—Here's Why It's So Dangerous," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of chrysotile

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chrysotile

borrowed from German Chrysotil, from chryso- chryso- + Greek -til-, taken to mean "fiber," base of tíllein "to pluck, pick," of uncertain origin

Note: Term introduced by the German mineralogist Franz von Kobell (1803-82) in "Ueber den Spadaït, eine neue Mineralspecies, und über den Wollastonit von Capo di bove," Journal für praktische Chemie, Band 30 (1843), p. 469. Kobell cites chrysós "Gold" and tílos "Faser" ("fiber") as sources, but a noun tílos only exists in ancient Greek as a plural tíloi "the fine hair of the eyebrows."

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“Chrysotile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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