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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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A search through the recently computerized X-ray film archive (9-cm Debye-Scherrer camera) at the Mineralogical-Geological Museum in Oslo verifies that antigorite, clinozoisite, hematite, hornblende, hydrozincite, lollingite, nontronite, orthochrysotile, portlandite, and stevensite have also been identified from mines and prospects in the Kongsberg area.