asbestos

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Asbestos fibers.

Etymology[edit]

Old French abestos, from Latin asbestos, itself 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.
    All types of asbestos are potentially carcinogenic when inhaled.
    Asbestos insulation was once ubiquitous.

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Adjective[edit]

asbestos (not comparable)

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) Of, or relating to asbestos.

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