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A lavender-blue or greenish variety of asbestos that is a fibrous form of the amphibole mineral riebeckite. Also called blue asbestos.

[Greek krokus, krokis, krokud-, krokid-, nap on woolen cloth + -lite.]
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(Minerals) a blue fibrous amphibole mineral consisting of sodium iron silicate: a variety of asbestos used in cement products and pressure piping
[C19: from Greek krokis nap on woollen cloth + -lite]
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(kroʊˈsɪd lˌaɪt)

a bluish or greenish form of asbestos.
[1825–35; < Greek krokid-, s. of krokís nap, wool + -o- + -lite]
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Middlesbrough Council confirmed 10 schools in the borough still contain either Chrysotile, Amosite, or Crocidolite - three types of the mineral also known as "white", "brown" and "blue" asbestos.
There are three main types: Chrysotile (white), Amosite (brown) and Crocidolite (blue).
A total of 38 of the 57 schools of which the council is responsible for (66 per cent) contain the substance, with 13 containing crocidolite - the most serious.
Asbestos (Chrysolite, Amosite, Crocidolite, Tremolite, Actinolite, and Anthophyllite).
Asbestos categorises a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals, the most common being white (chrysotile), brown (amosite) and blue (crocidolite).
There is a dire need to acquaint our workforce with the composition of asbestos material in the form of fibrous silicate minerals actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, crocidolite, tremolite and chysolite.
These imports decreased from 1997 when some forms of asbestos, such as crocidolite and amosite, were prohibited (Park, Choi, Ryu, Park, & Paik, 2008).
Ingestion of chrysotile or crocidolite in rats induced aberrant crypt foci, considered to be a premalignant step of colon cancer (Corpet et al.
[14.] Alfonso H.S., Fritschi L., de Klerk N.H., Olsen N., Sleith J., Musk A.W: Effects of asbestos and smoking on the levels and rates of change of lung function in a crocidolite exposed cohort in Western Australia.