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Noun: asbestos  az'bes-tus or as'bes-tus [N. Amer], as'bes,tós or az'bes,tós [Brit]
  1. A fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles; inhaling fibers can cause asbestosis or lung cancer

Derived forms: asbestoses

Type of: amphibole

Part of: amphibole group

Encyclopedia: Asbestos, amphibole