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A whitish, fibrous serpentine mineral, Mg3Si2O5(OH)4, that is the most common variety of commercial asbestos. Also called white asbestos.

[German Chrysotil : Greek khrūso-, chryso- + Greek tilos, something plucked (from tillein, to pluck).]


(Minerals) a green, grey, or white fibrous mineral, a variety of serpentine, that is an important source of commercial asbestos. Formula: Mg3Si2O5(OH)4
[C20: from chryso- + Greek tilos something plucked, shred, thread, from tillein to pluck]
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Noun1.chrysotile - a grey or green fibrous mineral; an important source of commercial asbestos
asbestos - a fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles; inhaling fibers can cause asbestosis or lung cancer
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Deweylite" is thought to be a mixture of clinochrysotile or lizardite and a "talc-like mineral" (Roberts et al.
1960) Pecoraite, nickel analogue of clinochrysotile, formed in the Wolf Creek meteorite.
This difference is analogous to that exhibited by their magnesium analogs clinochrysotile and lizardite.