Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fibrous mineral variety of serpentine forming part of commercial asbestos.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fibrous silicate mineral with the chemical formula Mg3(Si2O5)(OH)4; a form of serpentine asbestos.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The delicately fibrous variety of the mineral serpentine. It includes much that is called amiantus and asbestos.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a grey or green fibrous mineral; an important source of commercial asbestos

Etymologies

German Chrysotil : Greek khrūso-, chryso- + Greek tilos, something plucked (from tillein, to pluck).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But the form known as chrysotile is relatively harmless and makes up more than 90 percent of the asbestos in U.S. buildings.

    To Yank Or Not To Yank?

  • Delegates, who included academics and representatives of the asbestos industry, labour, government and the medical fraternity, also agreed that research should be done on phasing out the use of the sixth type of asbestos, called chrysotile, or white asbestos.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • It is apparent that in India the main type of Asbestos used is not chrysotile, which is an exception to the introductory statement.

    1. Introduction

  • The main production is of chrysotile, which is mined in underground mines.

    1. Introduction

  • He says the type of asbestos mined there, known as chrysotile, is not harmful.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The cancer society says 90,000 people die annually around the world from diseases linked to asbestos exposure, and that Quebec asbestos - also called chrysotile - is a major contributor.

    R&D Mag - News

  • Sea-floor fissures lined with an asbestos mineral called chrysotile are places where life could have gained a foothold 3.5 billion years ago.

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • Asbestos saw myriad uses and 90% of those used the serpentine form whose main representative is called chrysotile asbestos.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • The industry fiercely defends Quebec asbestos - also called chrysotile - and deems the product perfectly safe as long as precautions are followed.

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  • - called chrysotile - is still mined in Thetford Mines.

    Brandon Sun Online - Top Stories

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