from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Readily crumbled; brittle: friable asbestos insulation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Easily broken into small fragments, crumbled, or reduced to powder.
- adj. Loose and large-grained in consistency.
- adj. Likely to crumble and become airborne, thus becoming a health risk
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Easily crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Easily crumbled or pulverized; easily reduced to powder, as pumice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. easily broken into small fragments or reduced to powder
It is, however, never justifiable deliberately to break a friable foreign body with the hope that the fragments will be expelled, for these may be aspirated into small bronchi, and cause multiple abscesses.
And then there's non-friable, which is generally found on the inside and does become easily airborne.
There's friable, which is generally found on the outside of the buildings and doesn't become easily airborne.
Mine don't really hurt, though I've been told I have a "friable" cervix that was fun to hear, and the pap smear always just makes me cringe up - it's not so much that it hurts as much as that it just feels wrong wrong wrong...
The kind of asbestos most commonly referenced is "friable" asbestos, which is defined by EPA as asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure.
Given that the manganese is very friable, that is, crumbly, we think that this technique will work. "
In the distance, on the low, easy-sloping hills, he saw team after team, and many teams, three to a team abreast, what he knew were his Shire mares, drawing the plows back and forth across, contour-plowing, turning the green sod of the hillsides to the rich dark brown of humus-filled earth so organic and friable that it would almost melt by gravity into fine-particled seed-bed.
We are incredibly lucky with the friable, chocolatey soil we inherited from Mary's late husband Don to which we add biodynamic prep 500, cow manure mulch and regular dosings of comfrey and nettles.
I place my friable, mortal body here, between it -- it is always an "it"-
You could have all those beds nicely composted and friable, reading for sowing next April/May ...