asbestos

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Asbestos fibers.

Etymology[edit]

Old French abeste, from Ancient Greek ἄσβεστος (ásbestos, unquenchable, inextinguishable), from ἀ- (a-, not) + σβέννυμι (sbénnumi, I quench, quell).

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asbestos (countable and uncountable, plural asbestoses)

  1. Any of several fibrous mineral forms of magnesium silicate, used for fireproofing, electrical insulation, building materials, brake linings, and chemical filters.

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Adjective[edit]

asbestos (not comparable)

  1. Of, or relating to asbestos.

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